Bech, A Book

A novel by John Updike.

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Further reading

The Complete Henry Bech (2001) collects the first batch of stories along with those published as Bech Is Back (1982) and Bech at Bay (1998), plus one bonus story. Updike's novels include the tetralogy of Rabbit Angstrom books, published under one cover in 1995 and 2003, as well as 1968's Couples. Updike has been the subject of much criticism, and, amazingly prolific as he is, has published hundreds of essays and reviews as well as a memoir, Self Consciousness (1989). Joyce Carol Oates--a non-Jewish American writer who is about as prolific as Updike--has also written about Jews, for instance in The Tattooed Girl (2003). For a mirror image of the non-jew writing as a Jew, see, among others, Saul Bellow's Henderson the Rain King (1959).

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Josh Lambert

Josh Lambert is Dorot Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University and the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide (2009).