October 18, 2012
Famous Drownings in Literary History, Kevin Haworth (CCLaP, October 2012)
Kevin Haworth’s latest book, an essay collection, is among my recent Kindle purchases. And I recommend it.
I recommend it not only because, in the years since I interviewed him about his prize-winning novel, Kevin has become a friend and valued colleague in the arena of Jewish literary culture (even if we don’t always agree). I recommend it because Kevin is a talented writer whose nonfiction is at least as compelling as his fiction; because his is a voice worth knowing; and because his take on elements of Jewish identity in our time—whether he writes about the circumcision of his son, the culture of the Catskills, or what it’s like to leave Ben Gurion Airport just after the Israeli victims’ bodies have returned there from a terrorist attack in Bulgaria—should reach a wide audience.
If you’d like a taste of the previously published essays that featured in this collection, may I recommend the one titled “The News from Bulgaria”? I suspect strongly that after you read it, you’ll want to learn more about Kevin and his book.
NB: Although I went ahead and purchased (and paid for) this book for my Kindle, the publisher has released it on a “pay what you want” system that permits free access and is described here.
Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories and a prolific book reviewer. She blogs about writing and publishing at Practicing Writing and focuses on matters of specifically Jewish literary and cultural interest at My Machberet, where a version of this review was originally published. Follow Erika on Twitter: @ErikaDreifus.