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The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction

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The Edward Lewis Wallant Award was founded by the family of Dr. Irving and Fran Waltman in 1963 and is supported by the University of Hartford's Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. It is given annually to an American writer, preferably early in his or her career, whose fiction is considered significant for American Jews. In "The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscap ...more
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Published December 8th 2014 by Wayne State University Press
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Rachel
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finally got through all 36 stories in this 592 page collection. All of the stories or novel excerpts either won or were considered for the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, which is presented annually to an American writer whose published creative work of fiction is considered to have significance for American Jews. I selected 14 stories to discuss with my short story discussion group over 4 sessions. Some of my favorite stories in the collection are:
Eileen Pollack, “The Bris”
Rachel Kadish, “The Ar
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Judith
Excellent, up-to-date anthology, very useful for teaching Contemporary Jewish (American) Fiction. Almost uniformly standout stories, though students (and I) still had preferences, including, for example, Pollack, Stern, Englander, Reich, Vapnyar, Orringer, Kadish. The introduction with its endnote references also useful starting point for undergraduate research. The Majsels story was printed in a font unfortunately too small for me to read -- a shame, since I was excited about this experimental ...more
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