Spanning the length and breadth of the twentieth century, Alice Mattison's masterful In Case We're Separated looks at a family of Jewish immigrants in the 1920s and 1930s and follows the urban, emotionally turbulent lives of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren against a backdrop of political assassination, the Vietnam War, and the AIDS epidemic. Beginning with the title story, which introduces Bobbie Kaplowitza single mother in 1954 Brooklyn whose lover is married and whose understanding of life is changed by a broken kitchen applianceMattison displays her unparalleled gift for storytelling and for creating rich, multidimensional characters, a gift that has led the Los Angeles Times to praise her as "a writer's writer."
“Devastating.... Mattison’s stories have an arresting focus and navigate the cliches of Jewish-American fiction firmly and knowingly.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Radiant... [In Case We’re Seperated] is a book filled with felicitous writing and ferocious insight.”
-New York Times Book Review
“You’ll want to read it a second time.”
-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel