Ziprin’s Ghost weaves together a number of strands from the Jewish-American experience, in a tragicomic tapestry of troubles and triumphs. From the ghost that appears in the title story, to the policeman who must masquerade as a rabbi, to the young Jewish boy who desperately wants a Christmas wreath, physician and poet Ronald Pies evokes the rich colors that so deeply imbue the experience of being Jewish in America. Along the way, Pies touches on topics ranging from the attacks of 9-11 to the songs of Frank Sinatra. The common thread that runs through these stories is an irrepressible love of life, in all its manifold incarnations.
"Dr. Ronald Pies -- an extraordinary psychiatrist, ethicist, professor, researcher, and journal editor -- is also a remarkably gifted short story writer. In his latest collection, "Ziprin's Ghost," Dr. Pies' cast of memorable characters elicit laughter, tears, insight, empathy, amazement, and understanding. Writing about the discovery of the DNA molecule, Edward Wilson noted that ‘It came by a lightening flash like knowledge from the gods.’ So, too, come the flashes of joy and wonder created by Ronald Pies."
--Robert H. Deluty, Ph.D. Associate Dean of the Graduate School University of Maryland, Baltimore County Author, "Making Riddles Out of Answers," "When Silence Is Not An Option," and "Walking Through Many Lives"
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