“I carried her in my arms,” Tevye sighs as another daughter goes her own way—and so begins a modern literary tradition of Jewish fathers and daughters who get carried away with politics, money, sex, religion, and, above all, one another.
This theme is part of the Jewish Literature—Identity and Imagination series, which is an exploration of Jewish literature and culture. Other themes in the series include Between Two Worlds: Stories of Estrangement and Homecoming, Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination, Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel, Neighbors: The World Next Door, and Your Heart's Desire: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature.
- Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem
- Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska
- 1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir by Anne Roiphe
- American Pastoral by Philip Roth
- Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
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