Most Essential Works of Jewish Fiction of the Last 100 Years
Poor Gregor Samsa wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect.
A lust-ridden bachelor confesses his sexual desires to a psychoanalyst.
Death of a Salesman
Miller’s play tells the tale of Willy Loman and the death of the American Dream.
The Catcher in the Rye
Salinger, J. D.
After Holden Caulfield’s expulsion, this novel details two days of his emotional journey.
Josef K. is arrested but can’t seem to find out what he is accussed of.
A man’s family crumbles after his daughter is accused of bombing the local post office
Moses E. Herzog having a midlife crisis, deals with running from commitment.
Call it Sleep
The story of a Galician Jewish immigrant family during the 20th century.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Two Jewish cousins becoming major figures in the comics industry.
Set in Brooklyn, a relationship between Morris and Frank develops.
Chronicles of an American Bombardier’s attempts to survive World War II.
Where the Wild Things Are
Max finds an island where he meets all manners of strange creatures.
Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
Art Spiegelman’s biography of his father’s life before, during, and after the Holocaust.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
A young girl’s coming of age story, chronicling her trials and experiences
Misha Vainburg, the 325-pound son of the 1,238th richest man in Russia tries to return to his love.
Novels & Stories (1959-1962)
A collection of stories from author Philip Roth curated by The Library of America.
The New York Trilogy
A series of interconnected detective stories, the protagonist deals with an identity crisis.
The History of Love
The story of a very old man and a very young woman, and how their lives are joined by one very special book.
The death of a mentor upends Lionel’s life, leading him to track down the killer.
A book about a Jewish boy from the Chicago suburbs who might or might not be the Messiah.
Everything is Illuminated
Foer, Jonathan Safran
Jonathan goes on a quest to Ukraine to find the woman who saved his grandfather’s life.
The Trial of God
Set in a Ukrainian village, a haunting play takes place detailing loss of faith.
Bech, a Book
Bech roams from one adventure to the next, detailing his life with wonder and cynicism.
The Finkler Question
Three friends explore what it means to be Jewish, coming to new conclusions of identity.