“On Herring Cove Road: Mr. Jew and the Goy Boy” by Michael Kroft— Salvation Through Friendship

Kroft, Michael. “On Herring Cove Road: Mr. Jew and the Goy Boy” (Volume 1), CreateSpace, 2014.

Salvation Through Friendship

Amos Lassen

Michael Kroft’s “On Herring Cove Road” is a fun and touching story about an old and emotionally broken introverted Jew and a lonely nine-year-old son of a racist bigot ho find salvation found through their forced friendship.

Mr. Rosen who had once been an extrovert and a prankster, is now a stoic, thirty-year converted introvert who hates change, has little, if any, interest in people and is more than content to have his wife direct his life. Since becoming an introvert, there have been almost no changes in his life, and for the few that there were his wife has walked him through them, including their recent move to a smaller home in a lower/middle-class neighborhood. He now lives next door to a racist whose nine-year-old son addresses him as Mr. Jew. 

Rosen knew that the move would come one day but pays no attention to it or to the rest of the world. He does sense, however, that change is coming and he will have to be the one responsible for his own life. It did not take long before his world begins to implode and this all began with his neighbor’s son and family. As the old man and the young boy draw one another out of their self-imposed shells, they develop a bond and a friendship.

The story is set in set in the 1970s in Halifax and causes us to look back a our childhoods. This is a story about the power of love and is heart-warming and beautifully written. It is basically a simple story of the daily lives of a shy old man and a lonely young boy who are unlikely neighbors yet become best buddies changing one another’s lives for the better. This is a beautiful story of tolerance or perhaps the lack of it.