Dan Elkind

Divine intervention: Cohen?s novel is the story of an Israeli boy killed by a suicide bomber who accidentally winds up in his murderer?s afterlife.

The Wrong Heaven: Critic Joshua Cohen on His New Novel

For four years, literary critic Joshua Cohen has offered readers of these pages his unique perspective on literature — in reviews of both fiction and nonfiction, as well as his acclaimed question-and-answer sessions with such writers as George Konrad, Joseph Epstein and others. This week, as Joshua sets out on a tour for his own book, “A Heaven of Others,” we decided to turn the tables on him. Below, writer Daniel Elkind, a friend of Cohen’s, questions the questioner.