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The Student Who Wouldn’t Go Away

How a bumbling immigrant from Kiev became a literary sensation

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Summer Reading 2008

What we’re reading—and rereading—this season

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A Passage to Gujarat

Esther David’s novels chronicle a community of Jews in a province riddled with ethnic violence

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Disengaged

A murky homeland is hard to stand by

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Excerpt from Singermann

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The Inciter

What happens when a German provocateur turns to the subject of love?

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Partners in Crime

David Benioff takes the buddy novel to wartime Leningrad

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Raising the Dead

In his new novel, Aleksandar Hemon unearths the misfortunes of a Chicago immigrant

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Radical Riff

How comedians of the 1960s and ’70s revolutionized stand-up

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In the Image

A literary—but none-too-sad—Keith Gessen talks about his new novel

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The Things We Carry

What happens when your inheritance includes a life-threatening genetic mutation?

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Temple Seeker

Thomas Roma photographs Brooklyn’s synagogues past and present

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Place of No Return

Two trips to Poland offer very different impressions for the daughter of a Holocaust survivor

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The Solipsist

Howard Jacobson swore he wouldn’t write another Jewish novel. What happened?

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Chaos Theory

Giving lessons in Hebrew nuance to a bunch of suits from Hollywood

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Sophie Says

A young critic weighs in on three new novels

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Hearing Voices

Daniel Smith explores the history of the phenomenon—from the Bible to his father

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Stolen Gems

Dalia Sofer depicts one family’s fearful and bittersweet days in revolutionary Iran

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Land of the Lost

Michael Chabon’s new novel depicts a frozen homeland where beat cops speak Yiddish, snack on blintzes, and chase Hasidic gangsters

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Grave Digger

Nathan Englander unearths stories that many in Argentina would just as soon forget

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This Country of Mothers

A novelist returns to Buenos Aires, the place he’s been imagining for nearly a decade

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Liberated Bride

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

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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.

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From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills

Growing up Jake Fuchs thought of his father as a screenwriter. At 12, he discovered otherwise.

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Queen Bee

Are Jennifer Weiner’s novels bestsellers because

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Darkness Visible

Shira Nayman’s characters chase the ghosts who haunt them

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All the Right Moves

A chess amateur shows how the game has mesmerized through the ages

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Family History

In The Lost, Daniel Mendelsohn excavates some unsettling truths about brotherhood, betrayal, and the Book of Genesis.

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A Higher Purpose

What happens when a secular Jewish feminist immerses herself in the world of Evangelical Christians