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.
Table of Contents
Introductions 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 Zore’a: Orchards
About Nessa Rapoport
NESSA RAPOPORT is the author of a novel, Preparing for Sabbath, and a collection of prose poems, A Woman’s Book of Grieving. Her essays and stories have been published in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Forward and have been widely anthologized. Her column, “Inner Life,” appears in The Jewish Week. She was awarded a grant by the Canada Council for the Arts for House on the River.
"A rich and rewarding collection of stories by some of the best writers of our time." --Doris Lessing
"A glorious collection as notable for its variety as it is for its common threads of brilliant and passionate writing." --Hilma Wolitzer, author of Hearts
The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction by Ted Solotaroff