Rachel Kadish’s novel, “The Weight of Ink,” was chosen from a list of 50 works of fiction with “significant Jewish thematic content.”
Anyone interested in Baruch Spinoza, the fate of Jews during the Inquisition or the vagaries of archival research will find Kadish’s novel rewarding.
Amid the otherwise maudlin confessions of her 1994 best-seller, “Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America” (also published by Houghton Mifflin), Elizabeth Wurtzel stumbled on a happy insight: Tolstoy’s famous first line from “Anna Karenina” — “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” — is a crock. “He’s got it totally wrong,” Wurtzel observed, “completely ass-backward. Happiness is infinite in its variety, and happy people, happy families, can find their joy in so many different ways.”