Books: End of the Road

MY LAST TWO THOUSAND YEARS by HERBERT GOLD 246 pages. Random House. $6.95.

The Jewish American fiction writer has had to contend with two Diasporas. First, there was the historical dispersion of his ancestors and heritage: immigrants eagerly filling in the blanks of America, often leaving their sons and daughters confused about where they came from and who they were. This, in fact, became the principal subject of Jewish American writing. The second Diaspora affected the subject itself. Even by the mid-1960s, fiction about Jews had spread pretty thin.

Herbert Gold, now 48,...

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