High Crimes and Misdemeanors Author:Joanne Greenberg These stories by the author of I Never Promised You A Rose Garden and Founder's Praise all center on a crime...actual or theological...ranging from the serious (extortion, suicide, drug smuggling) to the downright comic. Through all the stories runs a common thread of fantasy, a magical approach to everyday events that readers of Greenberg's fic... more »tion will find at once recognizable and fresh.
Among the criminals arraigned in these pages are:
1. a woman whose loss of faith progresses from disbelief in holidays to a denial of the laws of physics...with hilarious and surprisingly poignant results.
2. a group of Talmudic scholars who set out to steal time...and pull off a professional heist.
3. a family whose Jewishness is "exposed" by a neighbor and who find themselves persecuted...in a very unexpected manner.
4.a man who drives an ambulance and fantasizes about a superhuman savior of lives...when his own powers are miraculous enough.
5. inmates of a mental institution who vote in a municipal election...and turn power and sanity inside out.
6. a young man on the run, who encounters a startlingly contemporary angel in the desert and learns some truths about himself and what it means to be human.