Volume 2, Issue 6, 5769

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Jewish Fiction Goes Outside of the Box

For our 2nd annual issue on Jewish books, we wanted to find young Jewish women who were writing about themes we haven’t seen dozens of times. This is why you’ll find mention in this issue of cowboys, Madame Bovary, a modern day Jewish heiress, a 12-year-old Iranian, Jewish spies, and a heroic German baker. Rather than post book reviews, we talked to the authors behind these stories and asked them about the inspirations for their books, and also what they think about today’s Jewish fiction in general. Meet Joanna Hershon, Tova Mirvis, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, Dara Horn, Jenna Blum, and Gina Nahai.

Michelle Cove, Editor, mcove@brandeis.edu

In This Issue

  • Intrigued by Jewish Cowboys intriguedbyjewishcowboys

    How Joanna Hershon fell into the rabbit hole of German Jews in the Wild West.

  • Two Jews Intermarry twojewsintermarry

    Tova Mirvis explores whether families can find ways to connect when the members hold very different beliefs.

  • A Dose of Jewish in Our Chick Lit adoseofjewishchicklit

    Thanks to Laurie Gwen Shapiro, we at last have a mainstream chick-lit novel with a sexy, funny, Jewish heroine.

  • Jewish Spy vs. Jewish Spy jewishspyvjewishspy

    Dara Horn’s page-turner is a parable of the moral divide between those who value family first and those dedicated, at any cost, to social and racial justice for all.

  • What Would You Have Done? whatwouldyouhavedone

    Jenna Blum offers a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.

  • To Grieve or Move Forward togrieveormoveforward

    Iranian author Gina Nahai asks, “What do you do with a loss you can neither accept, nor overcome, nor leave behind?”

  • Resources – Vol 2, Issue 6 614 eZine Resources

    Looking for more information about Jewish books? Below are some of our favorite HBI projects and others for book lovers.

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