Jewish Historical Fiction discussion

75 views
Book Riot's 100 Must-Read Works of Jewish Fiction

Comments Showing 1-25 of 25 (25 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Stark-Nemon (bstarknemon) | 24 comments Check out Book Riot's 100 Must-Read Works of Jewish Fiction- Even in Darkness made the list at #85... interesting how many are works of Jewish Historical Fiction! http://bookriot.com/2016/07/15/100-mu...


message 2: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Oser | 47 comments Congrats on this, Barbara. Even in Darkness is a fascinating book.


message 3: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Stark-Nemon (bstarknemon) | 24 comments Thank you SO much, Marilyn!


message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy | 22 comments This is the worst list ever. I have read so much in this genre and none of my favorites are here. Hello- those who save us? And countless others. Still I've read 12 of these. Paltry, for my experience in this genre.


message 5: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Anton | 40 comments I tend to agree with Amy. Maybe not the worst list ever but I too have lots of experience in this genre and I've never even heard of the majority of the authors on this list, let alone read their book.
Yes, I'm disappointed that none of my own historical fiction made the list, but that doesn't negate my opinion that a lot of books on this list don't belong there.
Maggie Anton


message 6: by Stacey B (new)

Stacey B | 27 comments Amy wrote: "This is the worst list ever. I have read so much in this genre and none of my favorites are here. Hello- those who save us? And countless others. Still I've read 12 of these. Paltry, for my experie..."
I totally agree with you. Maybe we should do a list of our favorites
starting small with 25 books first, hopefully removing duplicates. ???


message 7: by Shira (new)

Shira Reiss | 74 comments I agree. So here is my list of favorites in no particular order:
1.*The Book Thief by Markus Zusak,
2.*The World to Come by Dara Horn
3*A Pigeon and a Boy
4*Dropped from Heaven
5*Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter
6*My Father’s Paradise
7*SUITE FRANCAISE", by Irene Nemirovsky
8*Peony by Pearl Buck
9*Sarah’s Key
10*A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
11*DREAMERS OF THE DAY by D. Russell
12*The Little Bride by Anna Solomon
13*Jerusalem maiden
14*Day After Night by Anita Diamant
15*Seven Blessings by Ruchama King
16. By Fire, By Water by Mitchell Kaplan
17. Land of the Beasts
18. City of Slaughter by Cynthia Drew
19. Daughters of Iraq
20. Road to Valor
21. The Fish that ate the Whale
22. Unsaid
23. The Invisible Bridge
24. 2 book series: Hope of Israel followed by Legend of the Dead by Patricia O’Sullivan J
25. Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (about Masada)
26. Suitable Husband by Susan Lerner (about Poland: Zionism, bundt, etc)
27. Those Who Save Us
28. The Wayward Moon
29. Once We Were Brothers
30. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
31. The Lost Wife
32. After Anetevka by Mitchell Bard
33. City of Women
34. Exile by Richard North Patterson (FABULOUS discussion book
35. Clay Messiah by Karen Levine
36. Exodus


message 8: by Stacey B (new)

Stacey B | 27 comments Shira wrote: "I agree. So here is my list of favorites in no particular order

Wow, that was fast. I did not think anyone would want to do it :) Mine will be done by Monday.



message 9: by Stacey B (new)

Stacey B | 27 comments Shira.... love the fact you made a list of "36" books. :)


message 10: by Shira (new)

Shira Reiss | 74 comments Stacey wrote: "Shira.... love the fact you made a list of "36" books. :)"

:)


message 11: by Amy (new)

Amy | 22 comments I accept the challenge! By the way, I have read about 15 of these and they would have been on my list as well... Let me come up with a few more to add. I already have a few in mind.


message 12: by Stacey B (new)

Stacey B | 27 comments Nice. Go for it!!


message 13: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Anton | 40 comments Shira wrote: "I agree. So here is my list of favorites in no particular order ..."

While I'm disappointed that none my novels are on Shira's list, I agree with the ones she has listed. At least I've heard of most of them; plus I've read more of her 36 than the original list's 100.

Maggie Anton


message 14: by Stacey B (new)

Stacey B | 27 comments Here is part of my list, also in no particular order. Some of the books are quasi "historical" and many are not your typical historical fiction reads. I read all but two books on Shira's list, and hopefully removed those from my list. Maggie, I did like your books, but felt adding them after your disappointment would not feel genuine to me. :)





Silence of the Chariot Defenders Nissam Ben David
Emeralds Never Fade Stephen Maitland Smith
The Paris Architect Charles Belfoure
The Sisters Weiss Naomi Reagan
A Nazi on Trial in Gods Court Roberta Kagan
Father Son Stone Allan Goodman
Skeletons at the Feast Chris Bohjalian
My Grandfather Would have Shot Me Jennifer Teege
Chateau of Secrets Melanie Dobson
The Muralist B A Shapiro
The German Suitcase Greg Dinello
Stockhammer Cash Kushel
The Disambiguation of Susan Susan Sarnoff
War and Remembrance Herman Wolk
The Lie Hesh Krestin
Great House Nicole Krauss
Schreibers Secret Roger Radford
Becoming Aaliyah M S Rooney
Ravenscraig Sandi K. Altner
The Woman Who Heard Color Kelly Jones
Wherever you Go Joan Leegant
Max's Diamonds Jay Greenfield
Pursuit Robert L. Fish
The Thirty Third Hour Mitchell Chefitz
Hope to See You Soon Revital Shiri Horowitz
When We Were Strangers Pam Schoenewaldt
Bauers Run Catherine Curtis
Protecting Page Debbie Eisenberg
The Last Nazi Anthony O'Brian
Death in Vienna Daniel Silva
Prince of Fire Daniel Silva
Black Widow Daniel Silva
The German Money Lev Raphael
The Dinner Party Brenda Janowitz
The Keeper Of Secrets Julie Thomas
Melting Point Roger Collins
To be an Israeli Roberta Kagan
The Partisan William Jarvis
The Perfect Assassin Ward Larsen


message 15: by Stacey B (new)

Stacey B | 27 comments OMG.. Dont know why there are no spaces between the title and authors. I apologize, but will also admit I am PC challenged.


message 16: by Shira (new)

Shira Reiss | 74 comments Thank you so much. Next month, my Hadassah book group chooses books to read for the next year. We read and discuss one book/month. I am going to take this list with me.
Thanks again,
Shira


message 17: by RichardM (new)

RichardM (richard10934) | 2 comments A Short Jewish Book List
-The Last Kabalist of Lisbon - Richard Zimler
-The Seventh Telling: The Kabbalah of Moeshe Katan - Mitchel Chefitz
- The Cutting Room - Robert Rosenberg 4 books
- Batya Gur 5 books
- Rochelle Krich (Modern Orthodox - L.A. true-crime writer Molly Blume +)
- Rabbi Lawrence Kushner - Kabbalah: A Love Story
- The Last Jew - Noah Gordon also: The Rabbi, & The Physician (& The Winemaker)
- The Mourning Sexton - Michael Baron
- The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
- People of the Book - Geraldine Brooks Story of a Book Conservator & follows a rare manuscript through centuries of exile and war


message 18: by Lewis (last edited Jul 25, 2016 03:08PM) (new)

Lewis Weinstein (lewweinstein) | 42 comments Is it out of line for me to suggest my novel THE HERETIC? Not as well known as many of the others but rather excellent reviews on Goodreads and amazon, and blurbs from Elie Wiesel, Alan Dershowitz and Faye Kellerman. It deals with a family of conversos in 15th c Spain trying to avoid the persecution of the Church and the state.


message 19: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Anton | 40 comments Maggie Anton’s 36 Favorite Jewish Novels

First a caveat. I’m only listing novels with Jewish content, not merely a Jewish author. Thus nothing by Isaac Asimov and Dr. Seuss, for example. I’m also not including more than one book by the same author, but I do include children’s books and graphic novels. Most important – these are my favorites, books I enjoyed reading, which means some fine, but horrific, Holocaust novels didn’t make the cut [i.e. Sophie’s Choice, The Painted Bird, and Sarah’s Key], as well as those set during the Spanish Inquisition that depicted graphic torture scenes [i.e. People of the Book and By Fire, by Water]. Sorry but I'm too lazy to add all the Goodreads links.

I start with one of my own novels, the book my readers seem to like best, but the others are in no particular order except that I conclude with my absolute favorite.

1. Rashi’s Daughters by Maggie Anton
2. All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
3. Periodic Table by Primo Levi
4. Night by Eli Wiesel
5. Mathematicians Shiva by Stuart Rojstaczer
6. Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
7. Peony by Pearl S. Buck
8. Hush by Eishes Chayil [Judy Brown]
9. In the Land of Armadillos by Helen Shankman
10. The Rabbi’s Cat by Joann Sfar
11. The Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
12. Exodus by Leon Uris
13. Henna House by Nomi Eve
14. As a Driven Leaf by Milton Steinberg
15. Jerusalem Maiden by Talia Carner
16. The Ghost of Hannah Mendez by Naomi Ragen
17. The Genizah at the House of Shepher by Tamar Yellen
18. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
19. The Ladies Auxiliary by Tova Mirvis
20. The Chosen by Chaim Potok
21. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
22. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
23. City of Thieves by David Benioff
24. Almonds and Raisins by Maisie Mosco
25. The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick
26. Journey to the End of the Millennium by A.B. Yehoshua
27. The Source by James Michener
28. Collected Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer
29. Tevye’s Daughter Stories by Sholom Aleichem
30. The Dybbuk by S. Ansky
31. Maus by Art Spiegelman
32. Goodbye Columbus by Philip Roth
33. Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk
34. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
35. The Rabbi and the Twenty-nine Witches by Marilyn Hirsh
36. And my all-time favorite: He, She and It by Marge Piercy


message 20: by Shira (new)

Shira Reiss | 74 comments Maggie wrote: "Maggie Anton’s 36 Favorite Jewish Novels

Thank you, Maggie.



message 21: by Amy (new)

Amy | 22 comments Oh gotta get to creating my list... As a preview, let's go with Dovekeepers, City of Women, Those Who Save Us, Once we Were Brothers, Maggie Anton's, Skeletons at the Feast, the Storyteller, oh, India Edgehill's Queenmaker and Wisdom's Daughter. How about the author of the Triumph of Deborah, she wrote three historical Jewish fiction books about women. Where is Naomi Ragen in this list? And there are just off the top of my head....


message 22: by Stacey B (new)

Stacey B | 27 comments Amy wrote: "Oh gotta get to creating my list... As a preview, let's go with Dovekeepers, City of Women, Those Who Save Us, Once we Were Brothers, Maggie Anton's, Skeletons at the Feast, the Storyteller, oh, In..."


I think I listed Naomi Ragen's latest novel "The Sisters Weiss"


message 23: by Maggie (new)

Maggie Anton | 40 comments Stacey wrote: "Amy wrote: "I think I listed Naomi Ragen's latest novel "The Sisters Weiss" .."

I liked The Sisters Weiss as well, but I only wanted to list one book per author so I choose my favorite of hers, The Ghost of Hannah Mendes.


message 24: by Joanne (new)

Joanne Levy | 7 comments Maggie wrote: "Stacey wrote: "Amy wrote: "I think I listed Naomi Ragen's latest novel "The Sisters Weiss" .."

I liked The Sisters Weiss as well, but I only wanted to list one book per author so I..."


The Ghost of Hannah Mendes is one of my favorite books of all time. After reading that book, I haven't stopped reading about Sepharadim, a very, very interesting subject matter.


message 25: by Stacey B (new)

Stacey B | 27 comments Joanne wrote: "Maggie wrote: "Stacey wrote: "Amy wrote: "I think I listed Naomi Ragen's latest novel "The Sisters Weiss" .."

I liked The Sisters Weiss as well, but I only wanted to list one book ..."

I agree with you. I did the same thing :)


back to top