‘Kagan’s Superfecta’

I was walking home from shul on a Friday night about six weeks ago. I was passing Aish HaTorah on Pico Blvd, headed east.

I was stopped by a couple from New Jersey. They were looking for Shiloh’s restaurant for a private simcha (celebration).

I said to keep heading east. It was on the other side of Pico, about a quarter mile down.

We got to chatting. They asked me what I did for a living. I said I was a writer. They asked me what I was working on. I said a book on American-Jewish literature.

"Have you interviewed Allen Hoffman?" the guy asked. "He’s my cousin."

"No. Who’s Allen Hoffman?"

"He wrote a lot of books. His best is a collection of short stories called ‘Kagan’s Superfecta.’"

I told him I’d check it out and now I have. It’s excellent.

Hoffman lives in Jerusalem. He’s frum (religious). He teaches in Bar Ilan’s Creative Writing program.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see Amazon.com). My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (Alexander90210.com).
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