Janet Burstein

Israeli Critics Comment –– Problematically –– on American Jewish Fiction

Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature Edited by Michael P. Kramer and Hana Wirth-Nesher Cambridge University Press,

316 pages, $22. * * *|In most respects the new “Cambridge Companion to Jewish American Literature” lives up to its illustrious predecessors. Essays on Yiddish and Hebrew literature in America and

Part-Time Wife to the Whole Damn World

Your Mouth Is Lovely By Nancy Richler Ecco/HarperCollins, 386 pages, $25.95. * * *|Contemporary Jews reconstruct the lost places of the European past in search of ground solid enough to support the foundations of their future. This Jewish search for what Jewish literature professor David Roskies has called a “usable past” animates