The Sacred and the Profane by Chaim Grade
The characters portrayed will strike responsive chords in today's readers. "The Rebbetzin" is the account of an ambitious woman who constantly pushes forward her scholarly husband, with the image always before her of the more eminent rabbi to whom she was once betrothed.
In "Laybe-Layzar's Courtyard" Grade gives us the people of a crowded Jewish neighborhood in Vilna, among them a fanatical pietist, a restless playboy and his vindictive wife, and a rabbi who finds that he cannot escape the yoke of the rabbinate or involvement in the destinies of others.
Paperback book 1997
Yiddish in Translation