A Cobbler's Tale

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HISTORICAL FICTION

Early 20th Century

Neil Perry Gordon

Logline

A Cobbler’s Tale is an adventure story about Pincus Potasznik, a second-generation Jewish cobbler, born in a small shtetl in the province of Galicia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1910, at the historic height of the massive Eastern European immigration wave to the New World, Pincus decides to leave behind his pregnant wife, and three small children, in order to seek a new life for his family in the burgeoning Lower East Side of Manhattan. On his traumatic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the SS Amerika steamship, Pincus meets Jakob Adler, a young man running from an accidental murder of a notorious crime boss in Warsaw. The story also explores the challenges of pregnant Clara Potasznik as she does her best to protect her family, while the bloodiest battles of World War I explode within miles of her family home, a small village called Krzywcza. Moshe, the young son of Pincus and Clara Potasznik, discovers his divine ability to foretell dire events, and to offer real comfort those in pain, taking the reader into the wisdom and mystery surrounding the ancient Jewish mysticism, known as Kabbalah. A Cobbler’s Tale is a story of a family’s survival against tremendous odds.

Genre

Historical Fiction

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

Galicia, Lower East Side

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Starting Description

Pincus, the cobbler, leaves his pregnant wife Clara and three children to establish a new life in Lower East Side. He meets an array of colorful characters while trying to establish his life in the new world. In the meantime, his family try to survive the battles of World War 1 in their front yard.

Ending Description

The story concludes with the rescue of Pincus and Clara's son Moshe, a tzaddik, who was kidnapped by the palmist Dora Meltzer.

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Hard Copy Available

No

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Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message

Plot - Premise

Voyage and Return

Main Character Details

Name: Pincus Potasznik

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Insecure, Lone Wolf, Underdog, Clumsy, Faithful, Greedy, Heroic, Honorable

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Logline

A Cobbler’s Tale is an adventure story about Pincus Potasznik, a second-generation Jewish cobbler, born in a small shtetl in the province of Galicia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1910, at the historic height of the massive Eastern European immigration wave to the New World, Pincus decides to leave behind his pregnant wife, and three small children, in order to seek a new life for his family in the burgeoning Lower East Side of Manhattan. On his traumatic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the SS Amerika steamship, Pincus meets Jakob Adler, a young man running from an accidental murder of a notorious crime boss in Warsaw. The story also explores the challenges of pregnant Clara Potasznik as she does her best to protect her family, while the bloodiest battles of World War I explode within miles of her family home, a small village called Krzywcza. Moshe, the young son of Pincus and Clara Potasznik, discovers his divine ability to foretell dire events, and to offer real comfort those in pain, taking the reader into the wisdom and mystery surrounding the ancient Jewish mysticism, known as Kabbalah. A Cobbler’s Tale is a story of a family’s survival against tremendous odds.

Short Summary

Pincus, the cobbler, leaves his pregnant wife Clara and three children to establish a new life in Lower East Side. He meets an array of colorful characters while trying to establish his life in the new world. In the meantime, his family try to survive the battles of World War 1 in their front yard.


The story concludes with the rescue of Pincus and Clara's son Moshe, a tzaddik, who was kidnapped by the palmist Dora Meltzer.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Voyage and Return,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Pincus Potasznik

Age: 34

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Insecure, Lone Wolf, Underdog, Clumsy, Faithful, Greedy, Heroic, Honorable

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