On a plane ride to Israel, an academic, feeling alone, enters into a conversation with a professor of Talmud who encourages her to seek answers in Jerusalem
In a ‘richly appointed’ debut, ‘The Empire of the Senses,’ German Jews of the 1920s live in blissful ignorance
With his newly translated novel ‘The Hilltop,’ Assaf Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel’s Jonathan Franzen
Are David Cronenberg, Ethan Coen, and others honing their artistic vision through fiction, or just more free to be gross there?
An aging feminist meets a new generation in Brian Morton’s sharp, sympathetic novel ‘Florence Gordon’
Is Jewish rebellion really a form of submission? Two new novels and one political critic examine apostasy.
Two new biographical sketches depict the great recluse as agent of growth, emblem of permanent adolescence, and cipher
At the intersection of artifice and experience comes a beguiling fantasia on Jewish themes, ‘I Pity the Poor Immigrant’
By giving her characters perfect endings, the wildly popular writer may actually undermine them
In Zeruya Shalev’s fearless new ‘The Remains of Love,’ lives on a kibbutz stand as a parable of Israel
The expatriate British writer’s unfinished potboiler marks a milestone in depictions of Jewish characters
Her fourth novel, ‘A Guide for the Perplexed,’ reanimates the past without falling into the traps of ‘Shtetlworld’ nostalgia
Jonathan Lethem’s new novel ‘Dissident Gardens’ traces three generations of American Jewish radicalism
Rachel Kushner’s new novel The Flamethrowers is overly cool and stylish. So, why do the critics swoon for her?
Walter Mosley talks about his best-selling books, Jewish L.A., and identifying with Isaac Bashevis Singer
The New York of the young novelist’s vividly imagined Odds Against Tomorrow looks an awful lot like us
A writer considers the fictions of religious identity—in life and on the page
In André Aciman’s new Harvard Square, an Egyptian-born Jew and a Tunisian Muslim meet their limits
The writer’s new novel, The Retrospective, is a surreal study of the contested sources of Israeli identity
The author, like Israel, takes risks—and lives in opposition to nebbishy Jewish New Yorkers
Michael Chabon’s new novel Telegraph Avenue is typically stylish, but overwritten
Ellen Ullman’s new novel pushes a psychoanalyst, a patient, and a mysterious eavesdropper back to their traumatic roots—in the Holocaust
Elie Wiesel’s Night and Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird established the child’s perspective as a useful lens for confronting the Holocaust
A case for Walter Mosley’s inclusion in the American Jewish literary canon
Eavesdropping on a book-club meeting and lamenting the unloved life of a writer
Discussing ‘The Frozen Rabbi’ with author Steve Stern, who’s stuck in the Jewish past
Plus, making gelt, and bruchot for Beckham?
Daniel Levin and Austin Ratner could have been professionals; instead they became novelists
A novelist reflects on what it means to be a Jewish writer
A young German reinvents the Holocaust novel