While the Messiah TarriesMelvin Jules Bukiet
fantasy, history, mainstream, short stories
Chronicling the lives of Jews in America, nine stories combining history, fable, theology, and myth include searching for an impossible gem in Manhattan's diamond district, a university library that catalogues human evil, and a rabbi matching wits with the devil.
Melvin Jules Bukiet is an author and literary critic. He has written a number of novels, including Sandman's Dust, After, While the Messiah Tarries, Signs and Wonders, Strange Fire, and A Faker's Dozen. He edited the collections Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex, Nothing Makes You Free, and Scribblers on the Roof. He won the 1992 Edward Lewis Wallant Award.
Melvin Jules Bukiet. Wikipedia.