Aglow is the story of twelve year old, Adam, a Jewish boy, who likes to
visit his gramps in The Bronx. His best friend there is Rafe, a
Catholic. The difference doesn't matter to the boys, even after they get
involved in the biggest miracle to hit the Tri-State area in years.
Over the course of a Thanksgiving weekend they help cause and then react
to an event which uplifts the neighborhood and the city. Rafe has faith
that what they did was right, Adam has faith in Rafe, and they both
have faith in the best cleaning product ever made.
Aglow is both familiar and yet also surprising. It’s surely "West Side Story,” set in The Bronx. But the first surprise is that that it’s FUN to read, a major achievement in young adult fiction. Further, it pulls you in, and the implausibility levels rise, until you finally realize that being both implausible to the mind, yet true to the heart, is the very point — miracles, after all, are hardly plausible. This story is quite delightful. Ashkenas has a keen eye, and as near as I can tell, it’s even doctrinally sound, in more than one religious tradition, which in itself, is miraculous. David Murray, PhD in anthropology, University of Chicago, former professor.