Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging

Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging

by Derek Rubin (Editor)

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This vibrant anthology showcases new, unpublished short stories by a rapidly growing crop of highly talented young Jewish American fiction writers. Cohering around the core Jewish theme of the Promised Land, all the stories were written especially for this volume. With the kind of depth and imagination that only fiction allows, they offer striking variations on the multivalent theme of the Promised Land and how it continues to shape the collective consciousness of contemporary American Jews. This anthology provides a rich reading experience and a unique window onto Jewish American life and culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century. A scholarly introduction by Derek Rubin provides literary context, discusses the organization of the volume, and illuminates expected and unexpected connections among the stories. Promised Lands features 23 stories by Elisa Albert, Melvin Jules Bukiet, Janice Eidus, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Lauren Grodstein, Aaron Hamburger, Dara Horn, Rachel Kadish, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Joan Leegant, Yael Goldstein Love, Rivka Lovett, Tova Mirvis, Lev Raphael, Nessa Rapoport, Jonathan Rosen, Thane Rosenbaum, Joey Rubin, Edward Schwarzschild, Steve Stern, Lara Vapnyar, Adam Wilson, and Jonathan Wilson.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584659204
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 11/09/2010
Series: Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life & HBI Series on Jewish Women Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

DEREK RUBIN teaches in the English Department and the American Studies Program at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His essay anthology Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer won the 2005 National Jewish Book Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Derek Rubin
Shtetl World – Dara Horn
Potatoes – Tova Mirvis
Avigdor of the Apes – Steve Stern
Toward Lithuania – Joey Rubin
The Florida Sunshine Tree – Melvin Jules Bukiet
Remittances – Joan Leegant
Leo’s Squid – Rivka Lovett
Sovereignty – Nessa Rapoport
The Liars – Jonathan Wilson
Come on Zion Put Your Hands Together – Rachel Kadish
The Lunatic – Binnie Kirshenbaum
Homewrecker – Lauren Grodstein
One Good Reason Why Not – Elisa Albert
Midhusband – Edward Schwarzschild
The Porchies – Adam Wilson
The End of Anti-Semitism – Aaron Hamburger
Things That Are Not Yours – Lara Vapnyar
A Bisel This, a Bisel That – Janice Eidus
The Yehudah Triangle – Thane Rosenbaum
Money – Lev Raphael
Lonely, Lonely, Lonely Is the Lord of Hosts – Yael Goldstein Love
The Afterlife of Skeptics – Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
The True World – Jonathan Rosen
About the Editor & Contributors

What People are Saying About This

Ilan Stavans

"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."
Ilan Stavans, author of On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language

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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