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Promised Lands

1st Edition

This vibrant anthology showcases new, unpublished short stories by a rapidly growing crop of highly talented young Jewish American fiction writers. Cohering around the core Jewish theme of the Promised Land, all the stories were written especially for this volume. With the kind of depth and imagination that only fiction allows, they offer striking variations on the multivalent theme of the Promised Land and how it continues to shape the collective consciousness of contemporary American Jews. This anthology provides a rich reading experience and a unique window onto Jewish American life and culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century. A scholarly introduction by Derek Rubin provides literary context, discusses the organization of the volume, and illuminates expected and unexpected connections among the stories. Promised Lands features 23 stories by Elisa Albert, Melvin Jules Bukiet, Janice Eidus, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Lauren Grodstein, Aaron Hamburger, Dara Horn, Rachel Kadish, Binnie Kirshenbaum, Joan Leegant, Yael Goldstein Love, Rivka Lovett, Tova Mirvis, Lev Raphael, Nessa Rapoport, Jonathan Rosen, Thane Rosenbaum, Joey Rubin, Edward Schwarzschild, Steve Stern, Lara Vapnyar, Adam Wilson, and Jonathan Wilson.

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Table of Contents

Preface • Introduction – Derek Rubin • Shtetl World – Dara Horn • Potatoes – Tova Mirvis • Avigdor of the Apes – Steve Stern • Toward Lithuania – Joey Rubin • The Florida Sunshine Tree – Melvin Jules Bukiet • Remittances – Joan Leegant • Leo’s Squid – Rivka Lovett • Sovereignty – Nessa Rapoport • The Liars – Jonathan Wilson • Come on Zion Put Your Hands Together – Rachel Kadish • The Lunatic – Binnie Kirshenbaum • Homewrecker – Lauren Grodstein • One Good Reason Why Not – Elisa Albert • Midhusband – Edward Schwarzschild • The Porchies – Adam Wilson • The End of Anti-Semitism – Aaron Hamburger • Things That Are Not Yours – Lara Vapnyar • A Bisel This, a Bisel That – Janice Eidus • The Yehudah Triangle – Thane Rosenbaum • Money – Lev Raphael • Lonely, Lonely, Lonely Is the Lord of Hosts – Yael Goldstein Love • The Afterlife of Skeptics – Rebecca Newberger Goldstein • The True World – Jonathan Rosen • Acknowledgments • About the Editor & Contributors

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