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By Janice Eidus

The conflict of the Rosens, set in 1965, is set an eccentric Jewish relatives within the Bronx within which the sibling competition among younger sisters—one of whom is heavily ill—reaches a possibility element, forcing every one loved one to stand the constraints and complexities of affection and faith.

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