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The Five-Story House (2010): The Five-Plot-Outline House

Pnina Moed Kass, The Five Story House (The Book Studio, 2010)

photo credit: Jewish Book Council

See what she did there?

Interesting little story collection—I think Kass’ aim with these very short tales was to illustrate points about the various cultures she writes about here—but the stories themselves are far too short for a reader to dig in and really get anything of value. There are five stories in the book’s sixty-one pages, plus a good deal of whitespace and discussion questions. These feel more like outlines than they do stories. I’d like to see fleshed-out versions, but what’s here doesn’t yet deliver the goods. **

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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