Jewish-American Fiction in the 21st Century
Vibrancy and diversity mark the new crop of novelists and story writers.
Krauss' first novel, an exploration of amnesia, was generally praised but her second book, The History of Love, with multiple narrators and interlocking stories, was reviewed--often disparagingly--in high profile newspapers and magazines. Some were incensed that she played so fast-and-loose with history, particularly the sections dealing with Poland and the Holocaust while others found the novel both manipulative and ultimately sentimental. By contrast, general readers by the thousands loved it.
Still Going Everywhere
If Jewish-American literature in the early years of the 21st century seems to be "going everywhere," that's a good, exciting thing. We have, after all, many more decades before the dust settles. History will make judgments about which writers remain quick and which ones, alas, seem quite dead.
I don't expect to be around in the 22nd century but the work of some of these writers just might.
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