Last week, Farrar, Straus and Giroux published Rebecca Miller's new novel Jacob's Folly, "a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book, brimful of sparkling, unexpected characters, that takes on desire, faith, love, [and] acting." Oh, and the main character, Jacob Cerf, an eighteenth-century Parisian Jew, has been reincarnated as a ﬂy...
In Sam Lipsyte's newest collection, The Fun Parts (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), he brings to life a reality-brandishing monster preying on a boy's fantasy realm, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, who makes the most shocking leap imaginable to save her soul, a doomsday hustler, and a grizzled male birth doula, among others.
Originally published in Hebrew in Israel in 2010, The Girl With a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran (Rita Jahanforuz; Vali Mintzi, illus.) tells the story of a young girl growing up in Tehran. Barefoot Books will publish the title in English in March.
Pubbing next week from FSG is Alexander Stille's literary memoir The Force of Things: A Marriage in War and Peace, which tells the story of his parents— journalist Mikhail Kamenetzki (aka Ugo Stille) and Elizabeth Bogert, a beauty from the American Midwest—who meet in New York in 1948.
Sami Rohr Prize finalist Allison Amend's newest novel, A Nearly Perfect Copy, will be available in April from Nan A. Talese.
The Trial of the Talmud: Paris, 1240 (John Friedman, Jean Connell Hoff, Robert Chazan) presents primary texts (offered together in English for the first time) related to the "Trial of the Talmud" that took place in Europe during the Middle Ages.
This has been a great year for Jewish-interest foodie books...