Ranen Omer-Sherman


David Grossman Creates Yet Another Wrenching Masterpiece

By Ranen Omer-Sherman

David Grossman Creates Yet Another Wrenching Masterpiece
The suffering of characters in David Grossman’s latest novel, ‘Falling Out of Time,’ becomes achingly real on the page. Its language is so poetic, it sounds like liturgy for mourning rituals.Read More


Journeying Back to the Land of Amos Oz

By Ranen Omer-Sherman

Journeying Back to the Land of Amos Oz
Amos Oz fled his dogmatic father’s Jerusalem home for a kibbutz where he raised a family. His latest book, ‘Between Friends,’ was inspired by that personal history.Read More


Mark Helprin's Politics Doesn't Get in Way of Prose

By Ranen Omer-Sherman

Mark Helprin's Politics Doesn't Get in Way of Prose
His strident politics notwithstanding, Mark Helprin’s magically descriptive powers have rendered up some of the most genuinely adventurous writing of our time.Read More


Portraying Inner Conflict of Israeli-Arabs

By Ranen Omer-Sherman

Portraying Inner Conflict of Israeli-Arabs
Sayed Kashua’s ‘Second Person Singular’ illuminates Israeli Arabs’ fraught condition as insiders and outsiders and their painful struggle to create a life of meaning.Read More


A Zionist Heroine in Her Own Mind

By Ranen Omer-Sherman

A Zionist Heroine in Her Own Mind
FORWARD BOOKS SPECIAL: Novelist Meir Shalev tells the true story of his grandmother. She’s a Zionist heroine in her own mind, and a deranged malcontent to everyone else.Read More






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