Book review: In the Illuminated Dark: Selected Poems of Tuvia Ruebner

July 2, 2014

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"Anglophone readers (especially those who also read Hebrew) will find both this handsome book’s bilingual presentation of Ruebner’s selected poems, and his heart wrenching backstory described by translator Rachel Tzvia Back in her informative introduction and endnotes, compelling reading."

Book review: A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

June 7, 2014

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    Slava Gelman, the protagonist of Boris Fishman‘s debut novel A Replacement Life, fabricates Holocaust narratives for elderly Russian immigrants’ reparations claims applications. In my NYJB review I write, “Slava knows that to make his stories convincing he has to get the details right, and despite the leaps of faith Fishman demands he provides […]

Book review: “Suddenly, Love” Aharon Appelfeld’s tale of emotional healing

May 7, 2014

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Books: poet C.K. Williams turns to prose in All at Once

April 18, 2014

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“It is probably not fair to compare C. K. Williams’ prose in All at Once with his award winning verse poetry books, but it does offer poetry averse readers an opportunity to engage with a perceptive and empathic wordsmith whose work they otherwise would not encounter.” —From my NYJB book review.  Also see my examiner […]

Books: in David Grand’s Mount Terminus both protagonist and Los Angeles come of age

April 7, 2014

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 “David Grand’s third novel, Mount Terminus, is written in luscious, erudite prose so dense his readers have no choice but to read it slowly.”  – from my review of Mount Terminus by David Grand on New York Journal of Books. Also see my examiner article. David Grand    

David Grossman conveys parental bereavement in Falling Out of Time

March 25, 2014

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“As moving as are each of these expressions of grief the cumulative effect of Falling Out of Time‘s nearly 200 pages is even more powerful. It certainly conveys bereaved parents’ pain to readers who have not suffered that loss and may help some mourning parents work through their grief, though others may feel it reopens […]

Jewish books: Ellen Litman’s Mannequin Girl describes childhood in 1980s Moscow

February 27, 2014

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In my New York Journal of Books review I describe Ellen Litman‘s second novel Mannequin Girl as “a welcome addition to the coming of age genre that will appeal both to adult readers and to precocious teenagers.” Also see my examiner article about this novel set in 1980s Moscow. Ellen Litman

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