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Allan Appel

The Hebrew Tutor of Bel-Air ***

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Set in 1963 Los Angeles—after the Cuban Missile Crisis, but before JFK’s assassination—a bewildered young tutor is hired to prepare a stubborn Bel Air heiress for a bat mitzvah she doesn’t want and finds himself in a strange new world where everything but her cooperation is for sale. The two teenagers may not be learning Hebrew, but through the miracle of motorcycles and the epiphanies of the road, this unlikely couple might learn to shape their own destinies. And—for a few momentous hours—become a latter-day Bonnie and Clyde searching for a Reverse Jewish Nose Job in the City of Angels. Poignant and hilarious, this is an unforgettable story of lost innocence and found passion.