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Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge

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Funny, raw, dark, sometimes outrageous, the twenty-five contributors to Lost Tribe explore themes such as conflicted identities, sexual fetishes, religious intolerance, and even the troubled legacy of the Holocaust to create a stirring picture of contemporary Jewish life. Lost Tribe features stories and commentary from a brilliant mixture of critically acclaimed and emergi ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published August 5th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published August 1st 2003)
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Jan 12, 2008 Isaac rated it liked it

Alarmingly samey stuff, differentiated mostly by level of craft rather than subject matter. There are a few gems, but what is missing for the most part is genuine humanity in characterization, empathy for characters, understanding that goes deeper than reacting to personal and historical trauma. This is to be expected from younger writers, I guess, but, it makes for an unpleasant build of grime on your insides as you read. Not a pleasant experience.
Sep 04, 2008 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I've been trying to find this book on here! Great short stories by Allegra Goodman, Jonathan Safron Foer, and many other Jewish lit writers. Read it in a Jewish Literature class in college and didn't sell it back at the end of the semester. This is a good book to keep and go back to every once in a while!
Jun 30, 2007 alex rated it liked it
3 stars for the lack of consistency in quality. some of the stories, like Michael Lowenthal's "Ordinary Pain" deserve 5 stars, while others like Dara Horn's "Barbarians at the Gates" deserves negative stars. Other worthwhile contributors include Tova Mirvis, Myla Goldberg, Ellen Miller, Susan Sherman, and Jonathon Safran Foer.
Mar 29, 2008 Meri rated it liked it
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My ex got this for me and I loved it! Used to teach 2 of the stories in it. I'm jealous I didn't think to anthologize contemporary Jewish writers first. Then again, I thought of Netflix first but didn't move on it! You snooze, you lose! I often go back to this book, and I always know exactly where it is in my stacks.
Lisa Gould
Jul 03, 2008 Lisa Gould rated it liked it
These are excerpts from novels or else short stories published on their own. I found some of them really well written, entertaining, thought provoking, others not very compelling, skipped a few, but overall would recommend.
Aug 20, 2015 Lizzy rated it it was ok
Some of the stories were intriguing, but most of them I didn't like and/or skimmed. When my favorite authors WERE featured, it was excerpts from their books I'd already read, instead of a new short story.
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Dec 26, 2013 Keith Brooks rated it liked it
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Some good stories but it was a gift not something I would go out and buy.
Jan 08, 2008 Maryam marked it as to-read
I wonder if I could get more information about this book.
Can anybody help me find out more?
Benjamin Revier
Mar 05, 2016 Benjamin Revier rated it liked it
A very well varied compilation of short stories centered around one common thematic. Some good, some bad, some indifferent...
May 30, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
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I read this so long ago that I can't even remember which stories I liked the best :/
Nov 16, 2009 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
A great collection of stories by Jewish authors; I especially liked Tova Mirvis' contribution.
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Since 2005 Paul Zakrzewski has coached hundreds of writers of all levels – including NYTimes-bestselling authors, professional novelists, even a rock star or two – to overcome self-limiting beliefs and publish their authentic life stories and through the application of craft and insight.

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