Adam Mansbach: The End of the Jews

(Fiction, 310 pp. 2008)

In the 1930s, Tristan Brodsky escapes the Bronx, finds success as a novelist, and marries a sensitive poet. Fifty years later, their hip-hop-obsessed grandson, Tris, gets involved with a half-Jewish Czech refugee, who is a photographer for a black jazz band, and starts writing novels too. Tensions arise when the writers makes use of each other’s life stories to create new fictions.  Exploring the delicate lines between appropriation and exploitation, between blacks and Jews, and between the give and take of artistic partnership, this sensitive novel is a powerful statement about identity in 20th century America.   

  • ReviewKirkus
  • Review by Andrew Furman,
  • Review by Kevin O’Kelly, Boston Globe, March 29, 2008
  • Review by Ruth Franklin, New York Times, March 30, 2008
  • Review by Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times, March 30, 2008
  • Review by Joey Rubin, San Francisco Chronicle, March 23, 2008
  • Review by Richard von Busack, Metro Santa Cruz
  • Essay by Adam Mansbach, “The Audacity of Post-Racism”
  • Scott Thill interviews Adam Mansbach, Huffington Post, August 18, 2008
  • Buzz Poole interviews Adam Mansbach, The Millions, March 21, 2008
  • Biography