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Book review: Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali

November 9, 2017

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“Seventy-four years ago, nine years before the publication of The Second Sex and 20 years before The Feminine Mystique, a male Turkish communist novelist created a fictional feminist character who is the heroine of a love story that suggests an egalitarian heterosexual courtship can be based on honesty, candor, and mutual respect. “Three quarters of […]

Book Review: Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

October 26, 2017

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“In the book’s acknowledgements Englander thanks his editor for extracting the text of the novel from a much longer manuscript. The salvage operation feels uneven as a work of literature, but its ideas are worth engaging.” — from my review in New York Journal of Books

Book Review: An Egyptian Novel by Orly Castel-Bloom

October 26, 2017

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  “A recurring theme is how and to what extent characters recover from setbacks, displacement, and disappointments. Tel-Aviv, particularly north Tel-Aviv (an established affluent neighborhood in the later chapters/stories but new construction in the early ones) where the Kastil brothers and their families live, gives the book a sense of place.” — from my review […]

Book review: How to Behave in a Crowd by Camille Bordas

August 20, 2017

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“How to Behave in a Crowd will resonate with readers who grew up in large intellectual families, but it should also appeal to fiction readers interested not only in families but in learning how to find fulfillment by balancing the life of the mind with life among others in the world outside oneself.” — from my […]

Book Review: Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen

July 11, 2017

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“Though Moving Kings is considerably shorter and more accessible—with less erudite but nonetheless stimulating vocabulary, similes, and fewer stream of consciousness run-on sentences—than Cohen’s previous novel Book of Numbers (also reviewed on NYJB) it, too, skillfully weaves descriptive character portraits and plot lines into a novel of ideas that addresses issues as diverse as capitalism, gentrification, army veterans, the […]

Book review: The Journal of Albion Midnight by Kenneth Patchen

June 6, 2017

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“like a sonnet whose beautiful lines are undermined by its flawed argument.” — from my review of The Journal of Albion Midnight in New York Journal of Books  

2 book reviews: God’s Ear by Rhoda Lerman & Sonora by Hannah Lillith Assadi

April 5, 2017

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Lerman’s sense of humor has been compared to that of Philip Roth (who is three years her senior), but in God’s Ear the humor also employs the traditional Jewish irony and Eastern European Jewish folklore of Isaac Bashevis Singer, especially his short stories. Most of Lerman’s Hasidic folktales in God’s Ear are too long to quote, but the following […]