As the saying goes, God created mankind because he is a lover of stories. With crackerjack command of language, acerbic wit and a dose of Jewish lore, Mark Arywitz, in The Legend of LIttle Great Grandfather, brings us the kind of story that must have inspired that saying. The story begins in 1870's Russia where Memmel (the future Little Great Grandfather) grows up in a shtetl with a God who seems as close as a nosy neighbor, a grandfather who is certain that the world is flat, and a father obsessed with a fabled place called "America". Barely a teenager, Memmel is caught up in a pogrom. Finding himself the sole survivor of his family, he steals one of the Cossack's horses and flees the violence, trusting that he can ride to America. He takes a wife while in Lithuania, endures bandits and blizzards, and even the unfathomable ocean. (Who knew?) Memmel is a classic shlemiel, naive and accident prone, but too stubborn and inspired to accept defeat. Mark L. Arywitz brings to his fiction a flair for storytelling which comes from many years of writing for the screen. His scripts include the feature film “Just Before Dawn,” the TV drama “Mozart’s Requiem,” and numerous commissioned screenplays. He has collaborated on a number of adaptations, most recently on the script “Angel Fire.” Arywitz has made several short films and written film criticism. He teaches at the Kanbar Institute of Film & TV, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. The Legend of Little Great Grandfather is the first book in a new trilogy by Arywitz.