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This vibrant anthology showcases new, unpublished short stories by a rapidly growing crop of highly talented young Jewish American fiction writers. Cohering around the core Jewish theme of the Promised Land, all the stories were written especially for this volume. With the kind of depth and imagination that only fiction allows, they offer striking variations on the multivalent theme of the Promised Land and how it continues to shape the collective consciousness of contemporary American Jews. This anthology provides a rich reading experience and a unique window onto Jewish American life and culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century. A scholarly introduction by Derek Rubin provides literary context, discusses the organization of the volume, and illuminates expected and unexpected connections among the stories. Promised Lands features 23 stories by Elisa Albert, Melvin Jules Bukiet, Janice Eidus, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Lauren Grodstein, Aaron Hamburger, Dara Horn, Rachel Kadish, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Joan Leegant, Yael Goldstein Love, Rivka Lovett, Tova Mirvis, Lev Raphael, Nessa Rapoport, Jonathan Rosen, Thane Rosenbaum, Joey Rubin, Edward Schwarzschild, Steve Stern, Lara Vapnyar, Adam Wilson, and Jonathan Wilson.

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"Rubin's anthology of previously unreleased work by rising and prominent Jewish American authors shows the multitudinous and often unexpected ways in which Jewish ideology shapes people's lives. In Binnie Kirshenbaum's 'Lunatic,' a woman watching the news report of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination recognizes a former crush in the crowd of radicals and recalls her failed attempt to seduce the odd, unfriendly boy. Edward Schwarzschild's 'Midhusband' features a man infatuated with the midwife who assisted eight months earlier in the birth of his child. As the tale progresses, and the midwife returns his feelings, the narrator bases a decision to deceive his wife on the well-being of his infant son. Another child figures prominently in Lauren Grodstein's 'Homewrecker,' in which the narrator's dogged repetition of the formal term 'my future husband' illuminates her own isolation as she finds herself caught between him, his striking ex, and their damaged son. Standouts from Elisa Albert, Aaron Hamburger, Lara Vapnyar, Dara Horn, and others round out this stunning compilation of talented storytellers who have all been shaped somehow by history and faith, or lack there of. (Nov. 9)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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In this anthology in a series created by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute), Rubin (English/American studies, Utrecht U., the Netherlands) compiles a collection of 23 previously unpublished short stories by leading contemporary Jewish-American writers who share the sense of rootlessness of other Americans. He introduces the central theme explored of unfulfilled longings regarding America, Israel, or the former European Jewish world. Authors and works featured in this exemplary sampling include Dara Horn ("Shetl World"), Melvin Jules Bukiet ("The Florida Sunshine Tree"), Rachel Kadish ("Come on Zion Put Your Hands Together"), and Aaron Hamburger ("The End of Anti-Semitism"). Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781584659204
Author:
Rubin Derek
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Editor:
Rubin, Derek
Author:
Rubin, Derek
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rubin's anthology of previously unreleased work by rising and prominent Jewish American authors shows the multitudinous and often unexpected ways in which Jewish ideology shapes people's lives. In Binnie Kirshenbaum's 'Lunatic,' a woman watching the news report of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination recognizes a former crush in the crowd of radicals and recalls her failed attempt to seduce the odd, unfriendly boy. Edward Schwarzschild's 'Midhusband' features a man infatuated with the midwife who assisted eight months earlier in the birth of his child. As the tale progresses, and the midwife returns his feelings, the narrator bases a decision to deceive his wife on the well-being of his infant son. Another child figures prominently in Lauren Grodstein's 'Homewrecker,' in which the narrator's dogged repetition of the formal term 'my future husband' illuminates her own isolation as she finds herself caught between him, his striking ex, and their damaged son. Standouts from Elisa Albert, Aaron Hamburger, Lara Vapnyar, Dara Horn, and others round out this stunning compilation of talented storytellers who have all been shaped somehow by history and faith, or lack there of. (Nov. 9)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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