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jewish american literature


A New Novel about American Jewish Life During the Shoah

By On June 23, 2016

Kim Brooks’ debut novel The Houseguest (Counterpoint Press, 2016), offers a refreshing perspective on an often overlooked facet of Holocaust: that of the American Jew. The story begins with the arson of… Read More

Writing the Strange Land of the Gay Jewish South

By On January 8, 2016

  One of the most classic setups in fiction is to place a stranger in a strange land. In Jason K. Friedman’s case—whose debut story collection, Fire Year, is out with Sarabande… Read More


The NYC Savant Changing Jewish Literature

By On August 28, 2015

Joshua Cohen has all the trappings of an arch-nemesis: he’s handsome, precocious, hyper-functional, prolific. He speaks three languages. Besides his latest novel, Book of Numbers, he’s written three others, plus four collections… Read More

Einstein and Weizmann Take America

Einstein and Weizmann Take America

By On January 21, 2015

After publishing his theory of relativity, Albert Einstein became a global Jewish superstar. In 1921, bothered by an increasingly anti-Semitic Germany, he followed future Israeli president Chaim Weizmann to the U.S. to… Read More

Why "Back to the Future" is About the World to Come

The Surprising Hasidic Subtext of a Popular New Novel

By On October 7, 2014

Ben Lerner is not primarily a novelist – he’s a poet. He’s also not a Hasid. But his new novel 10:04 opens with a quote: “Hasidim tell a story about the world to come that says everything there… Read More


Bernard Malamud, The Clumsy Teenage Writer

By On February 20, 2013

Before he wrote The Fixer and won the Pulitzer Prize, Bernard Malamud, like so many before him, was a humble high school student who submitted an essay to the Scholastic Art and Writing Award for teenagers. Unlike… Read More


Telegraph Avenue

By On December 24, 2012

Critics have been speculating for years about who will pen the next Great American Jewish Novel. All signs pointed to Michael Chabon when his 2007 novel The Yiddish Policemen’s Union conceived of an alternate history… Read More