Food-obsessed Jews, including an obese matriarch, are subtly rendered in Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins
The author, like Israel, takes risks—and lives in opposition to nebbishy Jewish New Yorkers
Tablet Original Fiction: When a man of science loves a woman of God, what lies between them?
Michael Chabon’s new novel Telegraph Avenue is typically stylish, but overwritten
The novelist’s work regularly foreshadows actual events. In his latest book, the action finally shifts to Israel.
Her heroines are Jewish, but the best-selling novelist is working—despite her protests—in a goyish genre
From the archive: A gay man and an Orthodox rabbi find connection in Wayne Hoffman’s novel Sweet Like Sugar
Starting with 1958’s The Best of Everything, Rona Jaffe’s complicated, trashy novels make ideal beach reads
Joshua Henkin’s seductive The World Without You transforms recent headlines into intimate family drama
The attacks on domestic bliss in Alix Kates Shulman’s novel Ménage would resonate with Orthodox Jews
The French quasi-novel HHhH, by Laurent Binet, tells the tale of assassinated Nazi leader Reinhard Heydrich while wondering whether it need be retold
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
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?
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
In a new novel, 19th-century Europe is a land of ominous mystery, and a Parisian junk shop is the passage to a lost world. An excerpt.
Elie Wiesel’s Night and Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird established the child’s perspective as a useful lens for confronting the Holocaust
Robert Stone’s 1998 novel Damascus Gate sets spies, cultists, and terrorists loose in the Holy Land
Bosnian writer subject of a 2008 Nextbook podcast
Reflections on a former professor and his posthumous fiction debut
Some people love taking cruises. The retired couple in this short story, by Miami fiction writer Jeremy Glazer, enjoys watching them go by.
And still totally getting you
Novelists Gary Shteyngart and Joshua Cohen discuss their dark visions of the future