Browsing All posts tagged under »debut novels«

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

April 5, 2017


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 […]

Jewish books: The Empire of the Senses probes Jewish identity in Weimar Germany

March 31, 2015


“Alexis Landau’s cinematically descriptive, character-driven debut novel explores ethnic identity via an intermarried family in WWI and Weimar era Germany, i.e. before anti-Semitism became official state policy legally codifying ethnic definitions.” — from my New York Journal of Books review in which I praise the book as “handsomely written” as well as a “powerful and compelling novel.” […]

Book review: A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

June 7, 2014


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 more than […]

Book review: The Lion Seeker portrays South Africa’s Jewish community

October 28, 2013


Set in 1930s and 1940s Johannesburg, South Africa, Jewish-Canadian writer Kenneth Bonert‘s debut novel The Lion Seeker is a bildungsroman, immigration story, and family saga rolled into a page turner. In my New York Journal of Books review I refer to the book as a promising debut. To hear an interview with Mr. Bonert go […]

Claudia Silver to the Rescue | New York Journal of Books

July 11, 2013


In my New York Journal of Books review I describe the novel as "a fun and funny read about the mistakes twentysomethings make when they first live independently as adults." In addition to my NYJB review also read my Examiner article about this novel. Claudia Silver to the Rescue author Kathy Ebel

davidfcooper: Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker | New York Journal of Books

April 23, 2013


My review of The Golem and the Jinni | New York Journal of Books. Also see additional remarks in my article. Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni

Anna Solomon’s debut novel “The Little Bride”

September 7, 2011


  In my New York Journal of Books review I describe the book as  “. . . a plot-driven novel conveyed in crisp, descriptive, and thought-provoking prose via an engagingly intelligent third-person narrator. . . . an auspicious debut” and recommend it to both adult and precocious young adult readers.  via the late Former NPR […]