In this powerfully affecting novel—by the author of The Pawnbroker—Joe Berman, an immigrant at eighteen, fifty-nine now, and a hard-working Connecticut plumber, faces the loss of his deeply loved wife. The months that follow, months of wrath and rebellion during which he fights his way to a new idea of life, death, and God, are part of Berman’s human season. But so are the years behind him, vividly evoked as the narrative travels back into the past.
Edward Lewis Wallant wrote four books, including The Pawnbroker, before his untimely death at the age of thirty-six. The Human Season won the Harry and Ethel Daroff Memorial Fiction Award in 1961 from the Jewish Book Council of America.