Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr

Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr

Now in paperback Fugitive Colors is a historical novel inspired by what the Nazis called Entartete Kunst, or degenerate art, the term they used to describe art they had deemed to be not a true reflection of the cultural heritage of Germany. In the early half of the twentieth century, art and literature were subject to new ideas, interpretations, and expression in the uses of shape, form, color, and words.…

Recent Jewish Novels

Bibliography compiled by Gabor Por for the Contemporary Jewish Writing Class at Congregation Beth Ami in April-May 2015 Downloadable/Printable PDF version of this page 2013 and 2014 National Jewish Book Award Winners and Finalists Between Friends by Amos Oz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013); Sondra Silverston translator, 192 pages, SCL* These eight interconnected stories, set in the fictitious Kibbutz Yekhat, draw masterly profiles of idealistic men and women enduring personal hardships in…

The Late Starters Orchestra by Ari L. Goldman

If you thought a fiddler on a roof was in a precarious position, imagine what happens when a middle-aged professor with a bad back takes up the cello. Ari Goldman hasn’t played in twenty-five years, but he’s decided to give the cello one last chance. First he secures a seat in his eleven-year-old son’s youth orchestra, and then he’s ready for the big time: the Late Starters Orchestra of New…

A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman

Criminal Attachments: Immigration, Family, and Fraud in Soviet Brooklyn Boris Fishman’s dark new novel explores the tensions between a grandson and his elders as he evolves into an American Slava Gelman, a twentysomething aspiring writer, is trying to claw his way out of the post-Soviet Brooklyn neighborhood of his family. But his grandfather is determined to pull him back in. He wants to enlist Slava to invent life stories for…

Cowgirl by Java Davis

Turn-of-the-Century Jewish Girl with Attitude!! Coming of Age; Western; Humor In California at the turn of the century, teenager Risa decides an arranged marriage is not for her. Her younger brother Yani gets expelled from their insular, Jewish community for seducing another boy. Risa decides to leave with Yani and takes charge of their trek east. Together, with Risa pushing and prodding the whole way, they walk to Nevada, ending…

The Train to Warsaw by Gwen Edelman

Jascha and Lilka escape separately from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. Reunited years later, they are living in London where Jascha has become a celebrated writer, feted for his dark tales about his wartime adventures. One day, forty years after the war, Jascha receives a letter inviting him to give a reading in Warsaw. He tells Lilka that nothing remains of the city they knew and that wild horses couldn’t…

The Lie by Hesh Kestin

Dahlia Barr does not suffer fools – or her own government, with which she is normally at odds. Shrewd, brash, and as tough as she is beautiful, the controversial Israeli attorney specializes in defending Palestinians accused of terrorism. She is also a devoted mother, a soon-to-be-divorced wife, and the lover of a handsome American television cor­respondent.  To Dahlia’s astonishment, the Israeli secu­rity establishment one day approaches her with a tantalizing…

The Doppelganger’s Dance by Libi Astaire

Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes when a crime wave sweeps through Regency London’s Jewish community and the adventures of wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Ezra Melamed are recorded for posterity by Miss Rebecca Lyon, a young lady not quite at the marriageable age. In this fourth volume of the series, David Salomon, a young violinist and composer, has left New York to find fame and fortune in Regency London. But disaster strikes not long…

The Balancing Game by Dorothea Shefer-Vanson

It describes the strange and unique world occupied by a Jewish child, the daughter of refugees from Hitler’s Germany, growing up in post-war London and living in a run-down neighborhood. Naomi is obliged to maintain some kind of mental and physical balance between the two very different worlds she and her two younger sisters inhabit. The novel also tells the story of Felicity, a young woman who is pregnant with her…

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Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: she lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by…