by Ester Bloom for Jewniverse
Joanna Hershon's fervently readable new novel, ,
follows friends of different ethnicities and classes as they swerve
through the awkwardness of adolescence into the complexity of middle
age. Like Rich Boy, The Interestings, and A Fortunate Age, Inheritance
drops Jewish strivers and alienated WASPs into the boiling pot that is
20th-century Manhattan, stirs and lets sit, and then fishes them out to
examine how they and their children have changed, revealing the truth of
their stripped-down selves.
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