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My Jewish Mother Was a Communist, and Other Tales of Lost Leftists

Jonathan Lethem’s new novel ‘Dissident Gardens’ traces three generations of American Jewish radicalism

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In ‘The Store,’ the Arrival of a Second-Hand Shop Unhinges an Israeli Village

Short fiction by David Ehrlich, the owner of Jerusalem’s beloved bookstore café Tmol Shilshom, and read for us by novelist John Haskell

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The Teachers’ Lounge: Stories

An original translation of new Hebrew fiction from Bernstein Prize-winner Dror Burstein, author of ‘Kin’

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Mastering the Mechanics of Wealth and Power in ‘A Dual Inheritance’

In Joanna Hershon’s absorbing new novel, a Jew on the margins of American respectability reaches the pinnacle of the class pyramid

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In an Ex-Pat’s Literary Crime Novel, Norwegian and Jewish-American Sensibilities Collide

The cranky anti-hero of ‘Norwegian by Night’ may be demented, but he’s no fool when it comes to patriotism, identity, and time

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The Mythmakers

Rachel Kushner’s new novel The Flamethrowers is overly cool and stylish. So, why do the critics swoon for her?

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America’s Blackest Jewish Writer

Walter Mosley talks about his best-selling books, Jewish L.A., and identifying with Isaac Bashevis Singer

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My Mother’s Life

How Chava Rosenfarb survived the Lodz ghetto to write a masterpiece about the experience

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Crimson-Blooded Americans

In André Aciman’s new Harvard Square, an Egyptian-born Jew and a Tunisian Muslim meet their limits

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Coney Island Knock Off

Tablet Original Fiction: Broken lives collide in the shadow of the Cyclone

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Shani Boianjiu Goes Home Again

Not far from her village near Lebanon, the Israeli novelist—who published originally in English—talks war and books

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How To Be a Man

The latest installment in Tablet’s monthly original fiction series

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Herman Wouk’s Last Shot

With The Lawgiver, the best-selling novelist takes another stab at the kind of Hollywood fame he’s always coveted

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Is Roth Really Done?

After crafting dozens of fictional versions of exits and endings, the writer carefully manages his own

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Gregory’s Year

The latest installment in Tablet’s monthly original fiction series, by the author of The Gospel of Anarchy

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Big Eater

Food-obsessed Jews, including an obese matriarch, are subtly rendered in Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins

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Mark Helprin’s Tale

The author, like Israel, takes risks—and lives in opposition to nebbishy Jewish New Yorkers

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The Doctor and the Rabbi

Tablet Original Fiction: When a man of science loves a woman of God, what lies between them?

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Pulpless Fiction

Michael Chabon’s new novel Telegraph Avenue is typically stylish, but overwritten

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Daniel Silva’s Crystal Ball

The novelist’s work regularly foreshadows actual events. In his latest book, the action finally shifts to Israel.

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Jennifer Weiner’s Shiksa Lit

Her heroines are Jewish, but the best-selling novelist is working—despite her protests—in a goyish genre

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A Novel’s Unlikely Friends

From the archive: A gay man and an Orthodox rabbi find connection in Wayne Hoffman’s novel Sweet Like Sugar

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Chick Lit’s Jewish Mother

Starting with 1958’s The Best of Everything, Rona Jaffe’s complicated, trashy novels make ideal beach reads

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Daniel Pearl, a Novel

Joshua Henkin’s seductive The World Without You transforms recent headlines into intimate family drama

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The Feminist Marriage Plot

The attacks on domestic bliss in Alix Kates Shulman’s novel Ménage would resonate with Orthodox Jews

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Haunted by Hitler’s Hangman

The French quasi-novel HHhH, by Laurent Binet, tells the tale of assassinated Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich while wondering whether it need be retold

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I.B. Singer, the Last Demon

In stories written in Poland and the U.S., the modernist master Isaac Bashevis Singer mined folk tales to convey the 20th century’s essential cruelty

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Fantasyland

Michael Chabon may finally score a hit as a screenwriter for Disney’s new sci-fi flick John Carter. But will success in Hollywood ruin his fiction?

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Revealed

A new English-language translation of the short stories of Soviet writer Der Nister, or The Hidden One, brings his enigmatic Yiddish work to light

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The Prague Cemetery

In the late Umberto Eco’s 2010 novel, 19th-century Europe is a land of ominous mystery, and a Parisian junk shop is the passage to a lost world. An excerpt.

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