What are the best Jewish themed modern novels?

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    #1Kaddish in Dublin (Inspector Matt Minogue)

    Kaddish in Dublin (Inspector Matt Minogue)

    Kaddish in Dublin is a mystery fiction and the third book in Inspector Matt Minogue series written by John Brady. It is first published in 1990. 


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    Judy Graham
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This isn't a great recommendation for jewish themed modern novels, as it's written in 1990 and by an author that is not well known. It doesn't have good ratings and is not well known"
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    #2The Ninth Day

    The Ninth Day
    The Ninth Day is a young adult historical science fiction written by Ruth Tenzer Feldman. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 20143by Ooligan Press.

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    Josefina Correa
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Great book, i love the writing style and the point of view"
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    #3The Child (The Eagle and the Child)

    The Child (The Eagle and the Child)
    The Child is a mystery fiction and the first book in The Eagle and the Child trilogy written by S. Khubiar. This espionage fiction book is first published in 2016. 

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    Vincent Adams
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book had a lasting influence on me when I first read it, being about the Jewish experience during a time of trouble and strife, (and really, what else has there ever been?) The Eagle and the Child (as it was titled in the edition I own) is truely a touching and even thrilling novel I recommend for anyone interested in the current state of Jewish themed literature."
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    #4The Quality of Mercy

    The Quality of Mercy

     The Quality of Mercy is a historical mystery fiction book written by Faye Kellerman. This British mystery thriller fiction novel is first published in 1989 by Avon. 


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    Doris Brown
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A friend of mine gifted me this novel as a sort of inside joke, since I am named after Shakespeare's Portia in The Merchant of Venice. He is quick to recite her "...quality of mercy" speech when we're out for drinks and having fun. ha ha! This was a pleasant surprise despite the inside joke part. Well written fiction novel that uses historical events and past to tell a compelling story. I definitely recommend! "
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    #5The Gift of Asher Lev

    The Gift of Asher Lev
    The Gift of Asher Lev is a novel by the author Chaim Potok. Published by Ballantine Books on September 10, 1997, The Gift of Asher Lev tells of the spiritual journey of Asher Lev upon his return to Brooklyn.

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    Ángel Velázquez
    Written on May 18, 2018
    " The Gift of Asher Lev was a Jewish themed novel and told the story, but I just did not like it. I tried to become involved with this book and no matter how hard I tried I could not. Not for me, but could be for someone else. "
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    #6The Storyteller

    The Storyteller
    The Storyteller tells the story of Sage Singer and her unlikely friendship with Josef Weber. Things change when Josef confesses to a terrible secret, and the both of them must choose between punishment and forgiveness.

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    Daniel Castro
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Storyteller is a book that really draws you into its world and keeps you there. If you are look for a contemporary novel focused on Jewish life, this would be a good choice."
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    #7Daniel Deronda

    Daniel Deronda
    Published in 1876, this is George Eliot's last novel and the only one in her whole career that is set in the contemporary Victorian society. This book criticizes aristocracy and Jewish nationalism. 


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    Justin Carter
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Daniel Deronda made me think while reading it. I highly recommend it."
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    #8A Harvest of Ripe Figs (Mangoverse)

    A Harvest of Ripe Figs (Mangoverse)

    A Harvest of Ripe Figs is a Jewish young adult LGBT fantasy fiction and the third book in Mangoverse series written by Shira Glassman. It is first published in 2015 by Prizm Books. 


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    Amit Gavde
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I suppose this would depend on what you mean by modern and in what language. No, its not better that Singer. Yes, it is a worthwhile read. The characters come to life and the writing is excellent. I enjoyed A Harvest of Ripe Figs and would recommend it."
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    #9The Chosen

    The Chosen

    The Chosen is a young adult novel written by Chaim Potok. First published in 1967, The Chosen follows the spiritual journey of two fathers and two sons. The novel is published by Fawcett Books.


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    Sharon Cunningham
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Chosen is a great book for Jewish young adult readers, especially young men. As the story follows the spiritual growth of two boys, it also develops lessons in family. There is a warm message of love, understanding, and spirituality throughout the entire novel, while keeping an entertaining story line. "
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    #10The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.

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    Diana Estrada
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a great novel from the Jewish perspective about the Jewish experience in the modern era, particularly during the Nazi regime in Germany. Reading about Liesel and the life she lives is a touching experience I recommend to anyone interested in the subject. You'll laugh, you'll cry, it'll change your life."


Best What are the best Jewish themed modern novels
1Kaddish in Dublin (Inspector Matt Minogue)Books 47 Paid
2The Ninth DayBooks 43 Paid
3The Child (The Eagle and the Child)Books 42 Paid
4The Quality of MercyBooks 35 Paid
5The Gift of Asher LevBooks 32 Paid
6The StorytellerBooks 32 Paid
7Daniel DerondaBooks 26 Paid
8A Harvest of Ripe Figs (Mangoverse)Books 21 Paid
9The ChosenBooks 0 Paid
10The Book ThiefBooks 0 Paid

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