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The Schmooze

Jewish Authors On Longlist for First Novel Award

Some soon-to-be-familiar Jewish names cropped up on the Center for Fiction’s Longlist for its 2016 First Novel Prize, announced on Tuesday. The $10,000 prize, whose previous recipients include Junot Díaz for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and Marisha Pessl for “Special Topics in Calamity Physics,” is awarded to a book published between January 1 and December 31 of the prize year.

This year’s longlist includes Elizabeth Poliner’s “As Close to Us As Breathing,” the story of an American Jewish clan in the aftermath of a family tragedy, and “Girl Through Glass,” the debut novel of Sari Wilson, who is married to comic artist Josh Neufeld.

Talya Zax is the Forward’s summer culture fellow. Contact her at or on Twitter, @TalyaZax

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