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Family is forever, and so, it appears, is our fascination with reading about them.

Allegra Goodman--author of The Family Markowitz, Kaaterskill Falls (National Book Award finalist), Intuition, Paradise Park, The Chalk Artist, and short stories included in The New Yorker, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and Best American Short Stories--dishes with Eve and Julie about why families remain such a compelling subject for literature. They discuss how age and experience change our perspective on family-related matters, what impact COVID-19 has had on familial relationships both nuclear and extended, and how a child’s college application process can function as a Hitchcockian bomb under the table in a story. Allegra also recommends some favorite novels about families!

The Family Markowitz

[These stories] draw upon the wealth of Jewish culture out of which Ms. Goodman writes. It is their weight and accuracy that make the collection so entertaining. -- The New York Times Book Review, Claire Messud

Kaaterskill Falls

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A richly textured portrait . . . an intimate look at a closed Orthodox community.Los Angeles Times Book Review


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Allegra Goodman

“A Challenge You Have Overcome,” by Allegra Goodman

Kaaterskill Falls, by Allegra Goodman

Intuition, by Allegra Goodman

The Cookbook Collector, by Allegra Goodman

Paradise Park, by Allegra Goodman

The Chalk Artist, by Allegra Goodman

The Family Markowitz, by Allegra Goodman

Total Immersion, by Allegra Goodman

The Other Side of the Island, by Allegra Goodman

Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy

Middlemarch, by George Eliot

Jhumpa Lahiri

Delta Wedding, by Eudora Welty

Losing Battles, by Eudora Welty

Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward

Men We Have Reaped, by Jesmyn Ward

Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson

The Love Wife, by Gish Jen

Who's Irish?, by Gish Jen

Seating Arrangements, by Maggie Shipstead

Eve Yohalem

Julie Sternberg

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