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The Chosen

By: Chaim Potok
Published: 1982, ©1967
Pages: 291
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  FictionYoung Adult | Cultural, Jewish | Books Made Into Movies | Historical Fiction  | Regional, American Northeast

Description: In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, an accident throws two boys together. Despite their differences (Reuven is a Modern Orthodox Jew with an intellectual, Zionist father; Danny is the brilliant son and rightful heir to a Hasidic rebbe), the young men form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. Together they negotiate adolescence, family conflicts, the crisis of faith engendered when Holocaust stories begin to emerge in the U.S., loss, love, and the journey to adulthood. The intellectual and spiritual clashes between fathers, between each son and his own father, and between the two young men, provide a unique backdrop for this exploration of fathers, sons, faith, loyalty, and, ultimately, the power of love.

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