Cambria Gordon’s debut YA novel “The Poetry of Secrets” explores forbidden Jewish-Christian love
If Philip Roth wasn’t a good man, he was certainly an original one.
Reading Juster’s work, even the most reluctant math students experienced a flicker of interest in fractions.
When artist Riva Lehrer was a child, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” deeply resonated with her. Her association with the legend was understandable—Lehrer was born with spina bifida, a condition when the spine and spinal column do not fuse in utero. Lehrer was born in 1958, when 90% of children with spina bifida did not survive. It was also a time when the term “birth defect” was thoughtlessly bandied about.
“We don’t have to react as if it’s some kind of crazy thing for a woman to lead a spiritual community.”
The message given by the book is clear: for the American Jewish intelligentsia, Yiddish is primarily associated with the Holocaust.
Called to confront the possibility of radically altered worlds, Krauss’s characters find themselves trapped in the undertow of daily life.
A week of shiva forces the novel’s protagonist to confront the unsettling fact that the central bond in her life has been one of conflict.
Is it possible to root a story entirely in a noxious stereotype, and still create something genuinely human — and genuinely good?
For Hamill, there were never enough stories, never enough ways to speak truth to power and never enough ways to make a tale just a little more grand.