Israeli books: Gail Hareven’s Lies, First Person is a visceral novel of ideas

February 13, 2015

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  “There are books that make us feel intensely and others that make us think deeply; one that does both is Gail Hareven’s opalescent and psychologically complex eleventh novel Lies, First Person (in the original Hebrew Hashkarim Ha’aharonim Shel Hagoof which literally translates as The Body’s Last Lies), which is only the second (The Confessions […]

Jewish books: The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. by Gina Nahai

November 11, 2014

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“. . . the novel’s epic sweep, engaging prose, suspenseful plot, sense of humor, and introduction to a fascinating subculture outweigh its flaws.” – from my New York Journal of Books review. For additional remarks also see my examiner article.

Israeli books: Assaf Gavron’s The Hilltop is set in a West Bank settlement

October 17, 2014

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“The Hilltop is recommended to all readers who enjoy a good story grounded in current events.” — from my New York Journal of Books review. Also see my examiner article.

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Jewish books: The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

September 12, 2014

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“The Betrayers succeeds by combining thought provoking ethical dilemmas with dramatic tension in an engaging prose style and is enthusiastically recommended.” – from my New York Journal of Books review (which includes spoilers). For additional remarks, excerpts, and an exploration of the novel as a roman a clef see my examiner article.

Book review: 10:04 by Ben Lerner

September 7, 2014

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“. . . the pleasure this novel provides is found less in what happens to the characters than in the language Lerner commands to relate that and his various cogitations, as well as in time spent in the company of a first rate mind.” — from my New York Journal of Books review. For additional […]

Jewish books: Stephanie Feldman’s The Angel of Losses is an auspicious debut

August 5, 2014

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“Stephanie Feldman’s debut novel The Angel of Losses, which was published last week by New York-based HarperCollins imprint Ecco Press, is a welcome addition to the Jewish fantasy fiction genre.” –examiner.com In my New York Journal of Books review of the novel I write, “The Angel of Losses is recommended to nerdy (in the best […]

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."

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