Chicken Dreaming Corn In Chicken Dreaming Corn —the title is a Romanian expression for yearning for something special—Hoffman takes a poignant, illuminating look at immigrant Jews in the… Chicken Dreaming Corn In Chicken Dreaming Corn —the title is a Romanian expression for yearning for something special—Hoffman takes a poignant, illuminating look at immigrant Jews in the… 2004-09-13 Fiction University of Georgia Press
Book Review

Chicken Dreaming Corn (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Sep 13, 2004; Writer: Roy Hoffman; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: University of Georgia Press

In Chicken Dreaming Corn—the title is a Romanian expression for yearning for something special—Hoffman takes a poignant, illuminating look at immigrant Jews in the deep-dish South, inspired by his grandparents' lives at the turn of the 20th century in Mobile, Ala. Though storekeeper Morris Kleinman may seem a bit too good-hearted to be true, Hoffman reveals the kinds of secrets that often hide behind prejudice—one Klansman is a Jew who fathers a child with a black woman. The past is never really over, and in Roy Hoffman's world at least, the chicken gets the corn more often than not.

Originally posted Oct 01, 2004 Published in issue #786 Oct 01, 2004 Order article reprints
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