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Frankly Feminist

Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

Frankly Feminist

Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine

A groundbreaking Jewish feminist short story collection.
Short story collections focusing on Jewish writers have—no surprise—typically given women authors short shrift. This new volume represents the best Jewish feminist fiction published in Lilith magazine, and does what no other collection has done before in its geographic scope, its inclusion of twenty-first-century stories, and its Jewish feminist focus.

This collection showcases a wide range of stories offering variegated cultures and contexts and points of view: Persian Jews; a Biblical matriarch; an Ethiopian mother in modern Israel; suburban American teens; Eastern European academics; a sexual questioner; a Jew by choice; a new immigrant escaping her Lower East Side sweatshop; a Black Jewish marcher for justice; in Vichy France, a toddler’s mother hiding out; and more.

Organized by theme, the stories in this book emphasize a breadth of content, and our hope is that in reading you’ll appreciate the liveliness of the burgeoning self-awareness brought to life in each tale, and the occasional funny, call-your-friend-and-tell-her-about-it moment. Skip around, encounter an author whose other work you may know, be enticed by a title, or an opening line. We hope you’ll find both pleasure and enlightenment—and sometimes revelation—within these pages.

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“Original, entertaining, thought-provoking, Frankly Feminist: Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine will prove to be of special appeal to readers with an interest in Jewish themed literature and short story fiction. While especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Jewish literature fiction and short story collections, it should be noted that Frankly Feminist: Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine is also available in a digital book format.”

Midwest Book Review

Table of Contents


The Stories


The New World
Esther Singer Kreitman (translated from the Yiddish by Barbara Harshav)

In Every Girl’s Heart
Myla Goldberg

In Vegas That Year
Adrienne Sharp

A Wedding in Persia
Gina Nahai

News to Turn the World
Katie Singer

Sylvia’s Spoon
Michelle Brafman

Max’s Mom Goes to Camp
Judith Zimmer

My Daughter’s Boyfriends
Penny Jackson

Racelle Rosett


1919: At the Connecticut Shore
Jane Lazarre

The Curiosa Section
Harriet Goldman

Diana Spechler

The Wedding Photographer’s Assistant
Ilana Stanger-Ross

The List of Plagues
Audrey Ferber

Road Kill
Miryam Sivan

Elizabeth Edelglass

Sound Effects
Michele Ruby

Take the A Train to Scotland
Ellen Umansky


Lot’s Wife
Michal Lemberger

Paved with Gold
Beth Kanter

Driving Lesson
Kate Schmier

Little Hen
Emily Alice Katz

The Proper Care of Silver
Emily Franklin

Ilene Raymond Rush

Face Me
Elena Sigman

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Deep in the Valley
Cherise Wolas

4. WAR

La Poussette
Rachel Hall

The Fronds of Knives
Rebecca Givens Rolland

Street of the Deported
Anca L. Szilágyi

Facts on the Ground
Ruchama King Feuerman


The Lives Under the Stones
Amy Bitterman

Do Not Punish Us
Chana Blankshteyn (translated from the Yiddish by Anita Norich)

Working the Mikveh
Amy Gottlieb

Sarah Seltzer

What Was Cut
Beth Kanell

Flash Flood
Hila Amit (translated from the Hebrew by Ilana Kurshan)

All That Remains of Etta
Erica W. Jamieson

The Neowise Comet Listens In
Carolivia Herron


Phyllis Caron Agins

The Miscreants
Tamar Ben-Ozer

Zeeva Bukai

The Woman Who Lost Her Names
Nessa Rapoport

Raised by Jews
Naomi Seidman

Authors and Editors
Questions For Discussion

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