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The essays in this book focus on a wide and representative variety of Jewish American women writers, including Cynthia Ozick, Anne Roiphe, Erica Jong, Pauline Kael, Allegra Goodman, Norma Rosen, Adrienne Rich, Lynn Sharon Schwartz, and others. In every instance the contributors have tried to deal not only with the Jewish content of their work but also with its literary quality and other major themes.
Mer ken machen a bech, one can make a book, my bubbe (grandmother) sighed, as her eyes took on a far-away look and she made me promise that one day I would record the story of her life. Lacking the talents of a novelist, I never fulfilled her dreams, but her stories have influenced my scholarly interests and perspective and must be shared in condensed form with readers, who are only familiar with feminist approaches.
Apopular author for nearly four decades, Anne Roiphe draws on her own personal and family history for her writings from her first novel Digging Out (1966), to her most recent memoir 1185 Park Avenue (1999). Attempting to balance feminism, motherhood, and Jewishness, her protagonists struggle to discover their identities and resolve the conflicts of modern Jewish American women.