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All The Jewish Young Literary Men (and Women)

Who will make The New Yorker’s under-40 cut?

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Novelist Rivka Galchen.(The Washington Post)

The New Yorker will soon publish a list of 20 novelists under the age of 40 that are worth watching (or, rather, reading), reported the New York Observer. This got us wondering: Which prominent young Jewish novelists will make this list? Yes, this is how our magazine-mind works.

First, here’s who won’t. Jonathans Ames, Lethem, and Rosen (the last is also Nextbook Press’s editor) miss the age-related cut. So does Sam Lipsyte, author of the new The AskNew Yorker editor David Remnick said he was especially dismayed to learn that Lipsyte is 41. Finally, young Jewish novelists Nathan Englander and Allegra Goodman will presumably not appear, because they were on the equivalent list that the New Yorker came up with in 1999.

Below the jump, the 15 young Jewish novelists most likely to appear in the June 7 June 14 & 21 New Yorker. They won’t all make it, but at least three or four will.

Naomi Alderman
Shalom Auslander*
Joshua Cohen
Jonathan Safran Foer
Rivka Galchen
Keith Gessen
Jen Gilmore*
Myla Goldberg
Dara Horn
Sana Krasikov
Nicole Krauss
Lucinda Rosenfeld
Gary Shteyngart
Dalia Sofer
Adam Thirlwell

*Born 1970, and we can’t find their birthdays! They may be just barely ineligible.

What’s that? You want the five most likely? Foer, Galchen, Krasikov, Krauss, Shteyngart. (But none of them are quite the shoo-in Wells Tower is.)

Tablet Magazine has featured several of these bright young things:

• Auslander is a Tablet Magazine columnist.

• So is Cohen.

• Dara Horn wrote about Civil War re-enactments and Pesach.

• Dalia Sofer sat for a Vox Tablet podcast.

• So did Keith Gessen.

• And so did Alderman.

America’s Next Top Novel [NYO]

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Allegra was in my class at Harvard, and therefore is now decrepit and ineligible.

Paul Zakrzewski says:

Is this list strictly regarding U.S. writers? How about David Bezmozgis, who has also been published in Tablet, and whose stories have previously appeared in the NY’er?

Danny B says:

Gessen will not make the cut. ‘All the Sad Young Literary Men’ is a mess and is in the equivalent of the bargain bin on Amazon for like 5 dollars.

Hey, sbulte must be your middle name. Great post!

Cats must play trapeze artist on the curtain rods.

Lawrence Peter Berra~ Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.

Sorry but the only downfall with bigger ppl losing weight is that their head is OD big and doesn’t match their body.


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