19 Sep Distant Cousins (Jewish Review of Books)

A short essay on a striking turn to Israel in American Jewish fiction this year, from the latest Jewish Review of Books:

Distant Cousins

Reading novels published in the last year by some of America’s best Jewish writers, I found myself struck by a recurring character—Israel. That Jonathan Safran Foer’s Here I Am and Joshua Cohen’s Moving Kings both feature Israel and Israelis as important plot devices might have been a coincidence. But then this fall came Nathan Englander’s Dinner at the Center of the Earth and Nicole Krauss’s Forest Dark, both of which are set mostly in Israel. Something’s going on.

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