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Ten new novels to know

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Borrowing from one round-up in The Millions and another in The Second Pass, here are some superlative forthcoming books.

Most Anticipated: Though Jonathan Franzen isn’t Jewish, Freedom—his first novel since 2001’s massively acclaimed The Corrections—features a character who is the son of a bigwig Jewish neoconservative (September).

The One You’re Most Likely To Read: Adam Langer’s The Thieves of Manhattan. Short, fun, and about New York’s literary scene (July).

Most Charming: Allegra Goodman’s The Cookbook Collector. She’s a very charming writer: here, read her New Yorker stuff while you wait (July).

Longest: Adam Levin’s two-volume debut The Instructions (sounds like this, which sounds like this) stretches the tale of a 10-year-old named Gurion Maccabee (I get it, I guess?) over 900 pages. Please allow me to be the first to call Levin “The Josh Cohen of the McSweeney’s set” (November).

Roth: He gets his own category—a new novel from him has become as reliable as your annual Woody fix. This one’s called Nemesis, and it’s set in Idaho, Singapore, and Turkmenistan, among other exotic locales. Just kidding, it’s set in Newark (October).

Most Tablet Magazine-y: Contributing editor Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story (end of July).

Most Israeli: To the End of the Land is the much-awaited new offering from David Grossman, one of the masters of his unusually talented generation of Israeli novelists (September).

Most Likely To Have a Decemberists Song Written About It: False Friends, by Myla Goldberg (October).

Most Park Slope: The Great House, by Nicole Krauss.

Best Description: According to the publisher, Cynthia Ozick’s new novel (!), Foreign Bodies, is a retelling of Henry James’ The Ambassadors, which is one of the 27 novels he wrote about Americans abroad. The catch? “The plot is the same, the meaning is reversed.”

The plot is the same, the meaning is reversed? I’m pretty sure that’s the official motto of all Jewish-American novelists.

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Gilad Abiri says:

David Grossman

Let me guess: Franzen character will have an epiphany that there is no meaningful difference between his father’s neoconservative policies and those of the Third Reich, and will become estranged from his father.

Ranen says:

Gilad is right–Grossman’s work matters far more than any of these others in terms of its literary impact. Those of us who have already read it in Hebrew or in the English translation proofs know what a wise, powerful, and culturally consequential this heartbreaking novel is.

Jacob Arnon says:

“Jonathan Franzen isn’t Jewish, Freedom—his first novel since 2001’s massively acclaimed The Corrections—features a character who is the son of a bigwig Jewish neoconservative”

let me guess the son disowns his father and becomes an anti-Zionist Christian.

Jacob Arnon says:

I am no Roth addict and I hated his last few novellas. However, his longer fiction is usually much better.

Judith Nusbaum says:

I suggest you include Yehuda Avner’s, “The Prime Ministers” on your must read list.

Please include non-fiction books on your recommended list.

Judy Meltzer says:

Wow! My old friends are giving birth again. Hurrah! My book club (now beginning its 26th year together) is as excited as I am about our literary prospects for next year.
Thanks.

You got the Franzen novel wrong. I think it’s about a liberal father and a son who becomes a Republican.

Carol says:

Why doesn’t anyone represent the observant Jewish point of view. All of these authors are hopelessly assimilated, divorced from authentic Jewish values, probably won’t have Jewish grandchildren (or children)

New mainstream young adult novel from an observant Jewish girl’s perspective.One Is Not A Lonely Number.

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