Synopses & Reviews
This landmark anthology brings together some of the best stories written in the last thirty years by and about American Jews. Saul Bellow tells a brutal coming-of-age story set in Chicago; Mark Helprin recalls a stint in the Israeli army during the Six-Day War; Grace Paley explores the complex relationship between Jews and Blacks; Philip Roth muses on what life would have been like for Kafka if he had come to America, and maybe dated Roth's aunt
From I.B. Singer's unforgettable depiction of a widower in Miami Beach to Michael Chabon's California-style Jewish wedding and Allegra Goodman's satiric portrayal of a yuppie Orthodox family, a rare view--and one surprising in its diversity--emerges out of the contemporary experience in America.
About the Author
Ted Solotaroff is a literary critic and editor. His books include Best American Short Stories, Many Windows, and A Few Good Voices in My Head.
Nessa Rapoport is the author of Preparing for Sabbath and A Woman's Book of Grieving.
Table of Contents
Ted Solotaroff: The Open Community
Nessa Rapoport: Summoned by the Feast
Max Apple: The Eighth Day
Saul Bellow: Something to Remember Me By
Marsha Lee Berkman: Deeds of Love and Rage
Michael Chabon: S Angel
E.L. Doctorow: The Writer in the Family
Allegra Goodman: Variant Text
Mark Helprin: North Light—A Recollection in the Present Tense
Allen Hoffman: Building Blocks
Johanna Kaplan: Sickness
Deirdre Levinson: April 19th, 1985
Bernard Malamud: The Silver Crown
Daphne Merkin: Enchantment
Leonard Michaels: Murderers
Cynthia Ozick: Bloodshed
Grace Paley: Zagrowsky Tells
Nessa Rapoport: The Woman Who Lost Her Names
Robin Roger: The Pagan Phallus
Philip Roth: “I Always Wanted You to Admire My Fasting”; or, Looking at Kafka
Adam Schwartz: Where Is It Written?
Lynne Sharon Schwartz: The Melting Pot
Lore Segal: The Reverse Bug
Isaac Bashevis Singer: A Party in Miami Beach
Joanna Spiro: Three Thousand Years of Your History...Take One Year for Yourself
Eppie Zorea: Orchards