Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging

Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging

by Derek Rubin
     
 

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An anthology of previously-unpublished stories by leading young Jewish writers that explore the idea of the Promised LandSee more details below

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An anthology of previously-unpublished stories by leading young Jewish writers that explore the idea of the Promised Land

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Publishers Weekly
Rubin's anthology of previously unreleased work by rising and prominent Jewish American authors shows the multitudinous and often unexpected ways in which Jewish ideology shapes people's lives. In Binnie Kirshenbaum's "Lunatic," a woman watching the news report of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination recognizes a former crush in the crowd of radicals and recalls her failed attempt to seduce the odd, unfriendly boy. Edward Schwarzschild's "Midhusband" features a man infatuated with the midwife who assisted eight months earlier in the birth of his child. As the tale progresses, and the midwife returns his feelings, the narrator bases a decision to deceive his wife on the well-being of his infant son. Another child figures prominently in Lauren Grodstein's "Homewrecker," in which the narrator's dogged repetition of the formal term "my future husband" illuminates her own isolation as she finds herself caught between him, his striking ex, and their damaged son. Standouts from Elisa Albert, Aaron Hamburger, Lara Vapnyar, Dara Horn, and others round out this stunning compilation of talented storytellers who have all been shaped somehow by history and faith, or lack there of. (Nov. 9)
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“These stories, like all good fiction, bristle with pain and complication, but they also expand our empathy and even provide some consolation. One need not be Jewish to see in many of these magnificently crafted tales a kind of Jewish messianic expectation: a recognition that the promised land is the future; a better, more meaningful world to come, and something to strive for as well as long for.—Forward

“The stories [in Promised Lands] span an array of settings in time and place, and would fall at various points on any Promised-Land-in-concrete-or-abstract-terms continuum . . .. Any anthology featuring this contributor roster (the first three bylines in the table of contents belong to Dara Horn, Tova Mirvis, and Steve Stern) will contain some excellent work and will be well worth reading. Go buy it.”—Jewish Journal of Greater LA

“Rubin’s anthology of previously unreleased work by rising and prominent Jewish American authors shows the multitudinous and often unexpected ways in which Jewish ideology shapes people’s lives. In Binnie Kirshenbaum’s ‘Lunatic,’ a woman watching the news report of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination recognizes a former crush in the crowd of radicals and recalls her failed attempt to seduce the odd, unfriendly boy. Edward Schwarzschild’s ‘Midhusband’ features a man infatuated with the midwife who assisted eight months earlier in the birth of his child. As the tale progresses, and the midwife returns his feelings, the narrator bases a decision to deceive his wife on the well-being of his infant son. Another child figures prominently in Lauren Grodstein’s ‘Homewrecker,’ in which the narrator’s dogged repetition of the formal term ‘my future husband’ illuminates her own isolation as she finds herself caught between him, his striking ex, and their damaged son. Standouts from Elisa Albert, Aaron Hamburger, Lara Vapnyar, Dara Horn, and others round out this stunning compilation of talented storytellers who have all been shaped somehow by history and faith, or lack there of.” *Starred Review—Publishers Weekly

“Promised Lands should find a wide audience. For those readers who follow the contemporary Jewish American literary scene, Derek Rubin provides a rich gathering of stories that move, engage, and provoke.”—Jewish Book World

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584659532
Publisher:
Brandeis University Press
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life & HBI Series on Jewish Women
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
1 MB

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“Irving Howe was wrong: The Jewish-American writer didn’t disappear after the post-immigrant generation but has become restless, multifaceted, and probing. Perhaps literature itself is now under threat but even that isn’t a deterrent: To tell a story, and to tell it well, is proof of durability.”
Hasia R. Diner
“That more than a score of writers—seasoned veterans and relative newcomers to the literary scene—have produced a volume of short stories struggling and playing with the themes of Jewishness in America at the beginning of the twenty-first century speaks loudly about the salience and resilience of ‘being Jewish.’ In a complicated descant, these writers demonstrate the enduring mystery and power of the Jewish tradition in a post-modern world.”

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