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Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite
The Statement by Albert Stark is about the life of the Gold family. As 15-year-old Lester Gold was sweeping at Gold’s Kosher Cuts, his father, Julius Menachem Gold, was shot in the back and killed. This is the day that changed Lester’s life forever. Lester did not understand why this happened to such a great man and now he would have to testify. The funeral was held at the Brothers of Israel, which was seventeen days after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Due to King’s death, the world was in turmoil, particularly in Jewtown where the Gold family lived. The great unrest caused Lester to become confused. As Lester was dealing with the loss of his father, he was also beginning to experience life in varying layers - from infatuation and the possibility of moving to a new school to the effects of King’s death up close and personal. With his father gone, what will happen to the Gold family legacy?
Reading The Statement by Albert Stark was interesting for me because it displayed how things were viewed from the angle of the Jewish culture. When events happen around the world, it affects each culture differently. I liked how Albert Stark was able to take a national and historical event such as the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and show how it affected and was viewed by the Jewish culture. Not only was the information viewed from that of the Jewish culture, but through the eyes of a teenager, which provided a great viewpoint. If you are looking for an intriguing story set in the 1960s, pick up a copy of The Statement by Albert Stark.