So Big

Human awkwardness was at the heart of Edna Ferber’s popular novels, but she shied away from writing about the outsiders she knew best

A Dreamer of the Golden Dream

Melanie Rehak traces Peter Cole’s controversial poetry and politics to a Holiday Inn in Providence

Asch’s Passion

A popular Yiddish novelist strove for immortality by taking on Jesus, but it cost him his core audience and made him a marked man

Out of India

Sophie Judah’s stories chronicle a vanishing tribe

Strange Trip

Eliot Fintushel’s category-defying Yiddish-inflected science fiction

Managed Care

Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference

Late Bloomer

A nonagenarian gives the memoir thing a go, revisiting his hard-knock Lancashire boyhood

Liberated Bride

Alix Kates Shulman on the creation of an ex-prom queen and protofeminist

The Angel of History

A new volume of Hannah Arendt’s writing sheds light on the persistence of anti-Semitism

Our Man in Bethlehem

Matt Beynon Rees creates a new kind of sleuth

The Man Who Would Be King

Thirty years ago, Leslie Epstein raised hackles with his fictional take on the Lodz ghetto

A Death in Books

A son faces the ghosts his father left behind

Beyond Longing

Andre Aciman takes up the motifs explored in his memoir—desire, home, and memory—in a steamy debut novel, Call Me by Your Name.

Shadow Cities

For Andr

Forgotten Women

A novelist brings to life a shameful episode in American history

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