Laurel Maury

My Authentic Selves

In his new novel, “The End of the Jews,” Adam Mansbach, author of “Angry White Boy” and “Shackling Water,” uses a rare, time-jumping sort of hipness. He integrates the edgy present of a Jewish boy who finds meaning in hip-hop with the edgy past of his grandfather, who found meaning in jazz. The result raises questions about authenticity: What do you do when your heart doesn’t lie in your community? Are you true to your self, to your origin, or do you try for both?