by Evan Fallenberg
Soho Press. 240 pages, $22.
EVAN FALLENBERG’S Light Fell is a slight, disarming novel about a gay man’s effort to reconcile with his five sons on his fiftieth birthday. Told episodically and in flashbacks, the story introduces Joseph Licht, a man who met and fell in love with Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig and left his family to go live with his lover. And while things did not work out as planned, Joseph hopes, years later, to win back his sons’ love. In an effort to ensure this, he prepares a meal that he hopes will play on his children’s emotions and memories.