"Lev Raphael is a leading figure in American Jewish Literature."
—Deborah Dash Moore, Chair of Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
"Lev Raphael writes with the precision of a neurosurgeon, the warmth of an ancient storyteller, and the soul of a people that has known the extremes of joy and sorrow, hope and despair, love and hate more than almost any other."
—The Jewish Bulletin, San Francisco
|My Germany (University
of Wisconsin Press, April 2009)
"Part travelogue and part detective story, My Germany is a wholly enthralling, beautifully written story of healing and forgiveness, in which Raphael not only sheds his hatred and fear of Germany but comes to a deeper, richer understanding of his parents and Jewish heritage—and, above all, of himself."
|Writing a Jewish Life: Memoirs (Carroll & Graf, January 2006)
In Writing a Jewish Life, Lev Raphael chronicles with unflinching honesty his struggles to claim both his religious and sexual identities, and the happiness he subsequently found.
|Journeys & Arrivals (Faber & Faber, 1996)
"Lev Raphael has written essays about what it means to be Jewish and gay that put an equally heartfelt and astute emphasis on each element. These essays are as personal as confession and as reasoned as philosophy."
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