Last Word

“A surprisingly endearing rumination on the hazards of misanthropy.”

October 27, 2015

Sana Krasikov, author of One More Year

“A surprisingly endearing rumination on the hazards of misanthropy.”
October 27, 2015

Jonathan Russell Clark, Pank

“…Still, Blum is a gifted writer, and the better aspects of his debut outweigh the tardiness of its targets. I hope we hear more from him, […]
October 27, 2015

Erin Flanagan, Heavy Feather Review

“..As the novella progresses and Kip must confront just what Eric is capable of in the electronic world, and what bullies he faces in the real […]
October 27, 2015

Books, Personally

Last Word is interesting and engaging, with compelling writing and characters. Langer’s story will resonate with anyone who recognizes that in our deeply flawed humanity, parenthood […]
October 27, 2015

Hope Callahan, The Writing University

“At the Reading: Jonathan Blum”
October 27, 2015

Jason Christian, World Literature Today

“Blum is highly skilled in showing the reader the complexity of contemporary Jewish life…I see in his work the melancholy and astuteness of Bellow and the […]
October 27, 2015

The Gazette

“[This] father-son tale is masterfully crafted.”
October 27, 2015

perfect new book

“Last Word is one of the most perfect new books to come into my life in many a year.”
October 27, 2015

A terrific novella

“A terrific novella. This is a book that is going to win this debut writer, I think, enormous recognition and certainly a readership.”
October 8, 2015

Blum’s plotline involves

Blum’s plotline involves…a complex exploration of school bullying issues…and by the time the action rises to its Flannery O’Connor-esque climax, readers will be glad that the […]
October 8, 2015

come to life on the page

Last Word makes the reader really think about who is innocent and how one event leads to another. Despite this book’s brevity, Blum is able to create […]
October 8, 2015

Blum is a rising star in the Jewish literary world

A humorous and relatable depiction of a troubled family…Blum’s novella is an engaging rapid-read that touches the heart as much as it strikes a chord. Blum […]
October 8, 2015

Last Word is gripping

A masterful finesse of unreliable narration…Blum writes with tremendous economy and compression. Last Word, at eighty-six pages, punches far above its weight, as does every one of […]
October 8, 2015

A necessary book for a very fraught time

I’ve long been an admirer of the strange, intense, and yet incredibly intimate work of Jonathan Blum. Here in his new novella, Last Word, Blum gives us a […]
October 8, 2015

rich without a wasted word

The Jewish-American family saga lives on in Jonathan Blum’s funny and humane Last Word. Think of it as When the Maccabees Met the iMac–a compulsively observant family […]
October 8, 2015

It’s beautiful, man

Parents and Children Beware: with Old Testament firepower and disarming sweetness, Jonathan Blum hacks into the dark heart of the ‘online’ American family, where every road […]
October 8, 2015

It’s a stunning work

Following in the great tradition of the form, Jonathan Blum has written a novella of extraordinary beauty and profound intelligence. Infused with his trademark humor and […]
October 8, 2015

Jonathan Blum is a masterful writer

Jonathan Blum is a masterful writer, and Last Word is his most compelling work to date. Its narrator is loveable but deluded, and the story he tells us […]
October 8, 2015

Last Word is a ‘honey jar’ of a book

Friends, come close, closer still: now, marvel at the trueness of Jonathan Blum’s voice as he unravels a family saga for the ages. Blum’s Last Word explores the […]