Americans will surely recognize the preposterously incompetent and embarrassing figure Booker-winning author Jacobson has put on the page. They elected him.
Gerald Sorin is distinguished professor of American and Jewish Studies at SUNY New Paltz. His most recent book is "Howard Fast: Life and Literature in the Left Lane."
In 'Where Memory Leads,' eminent scholar Saul Friedlander grapples with his own issues of identity and belonging, but never finds psychological liberation.
Told over the course of three generations, the captivating 'Two She-Bears' elevates the crime novel to a higher level, and Shalev toward his peers Amos Oz, David Grossman and A.B. Yehoshua.
Powerful and imaginative, Affinity Konar's 'Mischling' is inspired by the real-life stories of Jewish twins who endured Dr. Mengele's torturous experiments.
Paul Goldberg deftly blends murder with mirth in his new novel 'The Yid,' while describing the adventures of a wild and crazy gang in the virulently anti-Semitic Soviet Union of the 1950s.
'Summer Haven' brings together in one tome scholarship, literature, memoir and reflection about the Jewish Catskills during and after WWII.
Abraham's chutzpah in challenging God's authority in the case of Sodom set the stage for a long list of 'idol-shattering,' justice-seeking Jewish lawyers, Alan Dershowitz argues.
Disgruntled servants and their masters, romance and seduction, anti-Semitism and opulence – all infuse Yitzhak Gormezano Goren’s novel about Sephardi Jews in 1950s Alexandria.
The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement is increasing its grip on U.S. campuses, especially in post-secondary education. A definitive new anthology sees it as outright discrimination.
In Brian Morton’s 'Florence Gordon,’ an aging feminist encounters a new form of feminism - one in which women don’t believe loyalty to the movement requires them to deny themselves ordinary pleasure and personal fulfillment.
In Yelena Akhtiorskaya's clever debut novel, life in the U.S. for the Ukrainian-Jewish immigrant Nasmertov family isn’t exactly the fulfillment of a fantasy.
Appelfeld introduces two characters who have been through the worst, but find in one another the strength to come to terms with their lives.
In a heart-wrenching novel, Gwen Edelman sends an aging couple who escaped the Ghetto four decades earlier back to the Polish capital for a visit.
Unlike 'To the End of the Land,' which depicts, finally, an anguished hope, Grossman’s latest novel reads like an elegy.
Two authors offer probing, psychologically astute portraits of the conflicted artist.
Peter Orner’s new book, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge, is about ordinary people living 'heroically' screwed-up lives.
In a novel he describes as 'quite autobiographical,' Alexandria-born Andre Aciman revisits his uncertain early days in the United States, when he sought relief from his alienation in a friendship with a North African taxi driver on the run from deportation and lived in fear himself of being banished from the promised land.
Is it possible to overcome the grief and anger that are passed down from one generation to another? This is one of the questions pondered by Austin Ratner in his first novel since 'The Jump Artist.’
In their jointly written investigation into the defining essence of the Jewish people, the father-and-daughter team of Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger come up with definition so reductive that one may end up no wiser regarding who’s a member of the club.
In his big new novel, Michael Chabon, author of ‘Kavalier and Clay’ returns with a tale of two friends and business partners who face the consequences of love, the challenges of a changing economy, and the tensions that inevitably plague interracial relations.