In a riveting novel of love and
adventure, young Julius Meyer comes to the New World to find himself
acting as translator for the famed Indian chief Standing Bear.
"As he did in Etta: A Novel, Kolpan uses real and imagined historical
personalities to offer an alternately wry and rueful version of the
American West. While Etta recast Butch Cassidy’s paramour as a
Philadelphia-born feminist heroine toughing it out with the bad boys of
the Wild Bunch, Magic Words is a complicated, breathlessly plotted
fictional take on the American Jewish experience unlike anything we’ve
seen from Philip Roth, Chaim Potok, Saul Bellow, or Bernard Malamud."
-Bill Kent of The Philadelphia Inquirer