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Monte Jaffe

He began writing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he was born, composing songs and writing short stories and TV scripts.

He supported the civil rights movement, working and living with the Highlander Folk Group, followers of Martin Luther King.

He later moved to New York City, going underground to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War. He did roofing and construction work and worked as a social worker in the notorious Hell's Kitchen. Echoes of these challenges reverberate through the pages of his novels.

In 1982, he moved to Europe, pursuing a successful career singing opera.

Presently, he lives with his wife in northern Germany.


  • The Flower Cart and the Road


    Asher, part Cherokee and part Jewish, was born in Tennessee to parents who wanted only the best for him; that is, to marry a nice Jewish girl and settle down to a secure life. Asher had other ideas. He wanted freedom.

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