“What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” and “The Mirage”

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So I’ve usually got at least two books going at any one time, and today I was reading these two. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” is a new short story collection by Nathan Englander I’ve actually only read the first two stories of. “The Mirage” is an amazing novel by Mark Ruff I’m about a quarter of the way through.

Although these novels are two different genres, they touch on a lot of similar subject matter. Englander’s stories seem to be focused on modern Jewish identity. My favorite story so far, “Sister Hills,” is about the relationships between neighbors in the Middle East, where Zionists and Palestinians rub shoulders. It unpacks the whole concept of neighbors, of helping friends in need, and how it has been perverted in the Holy Land.

 

The Mirage also takes place in the Middle East, but it is not…

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