Mark Jay Mirsky

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Mark Jay Mirsky was born in Boston and grew up in the Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury districts, which border Franklin Park to the east, north and south. Attending Boston Public Latin, Harvard College and Stanford University, Mr. Mirsky has previously published four novels, Thou Worm Jacob, Proceedings of the Rabble, Blue Hill Avenue, The Red Adam, a collection of short stories called The Secret Table, and several books of criticism: My Search for the Messiah; Dante, Eros, and Kabbalah; The Absent Shakespeare; and his latest, The Drama in Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Satire to Decay. He is the coeditor of Rabbinic Fantasies (Yale University Press) The Jews of Pinsk Volumes 1 & 2 (Stanford University Press), and the editor of Robert Musil’s Diaries in English (Basic Books). He founded the journal FICTION in 1972 with Donald Barthelme, Jane DeLynn, and Max and Marianne Frisch and has been its editor-in-chief up to the present. A Professor of English at The City College of New York, he has served as its chairperson and director of Jewish Studies. His reviews and articles on architecture and literature have appeared in The New York Sunday Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Massachusetts Review, Partisan Review, The Progressive, Haaretz, and numerous other publications. His play Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard was performed at the Fringe Festival in 2007 and is posted on

An autobiographical essay published in 1999 on Mark Jay Mirsky can be found in Volume 30 of Gale’s Contemporary Authors, and a chapter is dedicated to him in Jules Chametzky’s collection Out of Brownsville. His latest novel about Boston lost in the 1960s is called Franklin Park: Puddingstone, and will be published as a text as well as an e-book.

His articles appear on the FICTION website, and his blog

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A Mother's Steps: A Meditation on Silence
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,480. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family relationships
A Mother's Steps: A Meditation on Silence is a novelist's attempt to understand through photographs, interviews memory and dream, a mother reluctant to tell him any details about her family or herself. During Ruth (Lessler) Mirsky's final illness at fifty-six, her reserve in showing strong affection fell away and led to his immersion in Jewish prayer and a new understanding of reality and fiction.
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 58,270. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Mark Jay Mirsky, whose Blue Hill Avenue the Boston Globe praised as “one of the 100 essential books about New England,” has concocted a comic novel of Utopian hopes out of the racial and ethnic animosities in the city. Centered in historic Franklin Park, Jews, Irish, African Americans, Yankee bankers, and the last of its native Ponkapoag Indians find a messiah in the midst of a civic meltdown.

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