Jewish Journal

Susan Miron

  • Portrait of a Prodigy That Rings True

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "The Song of Names" by Norman Lebrecht (Anchor, $14). 

    Few writers know more about the dark, sometimes scandalous workings of the music business than Norman Lebrecht, the author of "The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power" (Simon & Schuster, 1991) and the...

  • Yehoshua Returns to Arab Characters

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Liberated Bride" by A.B. Yehoshua (Harvest Books, 2003.)

    From the beginning of his career, Israeli novelist A.B. Yehoshua has examined the complex relationship between Israeli Jews and Arabs, most notably in his 1964 novella, "Facing the Forests," and his early novel, "The...

  • A Debut Teeming With Love and Lore

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "An Hour in Paradise: Stories" by Joan Leegant (Norton, $23.95).

    People imagine that, as a book critic, I read so much that there must be dozens of books I enjoy each year. But the truth is, books about which I am totally enthusiastic appear only every few years. Joan Leegant's...

  • Murder and Intrigue in ‘Palestine’

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Wilson's new novel, "A Palestine Affair," opens, quite spectacularly as Mark Bloomberg, a painter, and his non-Jewish American wife, Joyce, having just made love in their new Jerusalem home, go outside to their garden. A softly moaning, bleeding man in Arab dress rushes...