Confronting generational tensions to build a badass Jewish feminist future. What a breast cancer previvor has to do. No tea from a samovar serving only stories. Escaping Nazis, this little girl finds serenity in a convent. My Bukharian mother sold herself into marriage. A daughter decodes her parents’ baffling nostalgia for their bad Old Country. New fiction for right now.

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Summer Fiction

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Confronting Generational Tensions to Build Our Badass Jewish Feminist Future

Erica Brody

What makes 3 generations of Jewish feminists so different from one another? Here’s what may help us find paths to common ground.

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I Am A Cancer Previvor

Laurie H. Rubel

The killer sweeping through generations of women in her family turns out to be lurking in her own genes too, a revelation with deeply consequential decisions for getting tenure, bearing children and staying alive. 

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Hidden Child: When Caritas Saved a Jewish Girl

Greta Herensztat, alias Ginette Henry

On the run from the Nazis, “little Ginette” and her mother hide, terrified, in place after place until finally, separated, Herensztat finds a spot of serenity and religious awe in a convent of cloistered nuns. A lifetime later, she returns to the convent as she promised.

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Panic in a Suitcase

Yelena Akhtiorskaya

A daughter decodes her parents’ baffling nostalgia for their bad Old Country.

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Material Culture: The Samovar

Clare Goldfarb

She’s never had a cup of zavarka-infused tea from it, because this samovar — a treasured heirloom from Odessa — now serves only the best, long-evening inflected, artisanal stories. 

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Bride Price: Alexandria, Egypt, 1926

Ruth Mason

Reviewing the family saga: What happened when her mother was sold into marriage for the sake of the family’s return to Jerusalem? Believe it or not, it’s a 20th-century tale. 

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Mother Tongue

D. Dina Friedman

A poem

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