Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge

This anthology features 25 stories and novel excerpts by a newer generation of Jewish writers including Myla Goldberg, Nathan Englander, Jonathan Safran Foer, Gary Shteyngart, Steve Almond, Jon Papernick, Nelly Reifler, Tova Mirvis, Rachel Kadish, Michael Lowenthal, and many others.

It also features an original novel excerpt from the bracing and sorely missed Ellen Miller, author of the novel Like Being Killed (read more about Ellen here, here, and here.)

Or, as the flap copy says: “Funny, raw, dark, sometimes outrageous, the twenty-five contributors to Lost Tribe explore themes such as conflicted identities, sexual fetishes, religious intolerance, and even the troubled legacy of the Holocaust to create a stirring picture of contemporary Jewish life. Lost Tribe features stories and commentary from a brilliant mixture of critically acclaimed and emerging writers.”

The anthology emerged from a popular Jewish fiction series that I curated at the KGB Bar on the Lower East Side.

Read more about the book or check out my introduction

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or an independent bookstore near you.

Selected Reviews

New York Magazine
The Jewish Daily Forward
Minneapolis Star Tribune
New Voices

What Others Are Saying

“Jews of every stripe—of every inclination, obsession, failing and feat—are gathered here like a flock of strangers who insist they have nothing in common but are in truth members of a frighteningly tight tribe. Read at your own risk—and great reward.”
Stephen J. Dubner, author of Turbulent Souls and Freakonomics

The best in literature defies categorization – just like the best in people. So call it “Jewish” if you like, or “edge” if you must, but there’s some truly fine fiction in here.
–Douglas Rushkoff, author of Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism 

“Paul Zakrzewski’s new collection of contemporary Jewish-American fiction, Lost Tribe, is that rare anthology that adds up to more than the sum of its parts and is, in fact, worth talking about…To be clear, this is a valuable book of uneven stories about massively screwed up Jews.”
–Josh Lambert, JBooks.com