Tag Archives: Holocaust

New Yorker fiction (May 2) – “Deniers”

This is a robust story, unafraid to beat you soundly about the head with the strength of its convictions. In this way, it doesn’t take the caustic advice offered in its own opening line: “Trauma this, atrocity that, people ought to keep their traps shut,” Mandy’s father said. The story plows on ahead, resolutely and […]


Story Prize Finalist (2010) – Memory Wall

(One month ago today, Like Fire reported that “The Story Prize has announced its finalists for 2010, and as usual it’s a diverse trio …”) The epigraph of this Story Prize finalist is drawn from the beginning of My Last Sigh, the conversational “semiautobiography” of acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel: You have to begin to […]


New Yorker fiction (May 17) – “Free Fruit for Young Widows”

This story was published in The New Yorker on May 17, 2010. With this richly textured story of deep and lasting wounds, Nathan Englander has challenged us to weigh the value of minute acts of kindness in a land accustomed to measuring violence in millennia. At his fruit-and-vegetable stand in Jerusalem, Shimmy Gezer strives to […]