Snow in August, by Pete Hamill, takes place in Brooklyn in 1947 and is a coming-of-age story about a Catholic boy who becomes friends with a Rabbi refugee from Prague. The writing is vivid and I felt transported to the time and place. There was a strong sense of nostalgia and it gave me a sense of yearning for Prague, Brooklyn, and baseball. Two major themes in the story are racism/anti-semitism and Jewish mysticism, the Kabbalah. The racism aspect was powerfully done, although the links between the racism against black baseball player Jackie Robinson and the anti-semitism of both the Nazis and a gang in Brooklyn were not particularly subtle. The mysticism aspect was very subtle until the ending; the ending was predictable and it bothered me that the mystical parts of the story came somewhat all-of-sudden rather than gradually though-out the novel.