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  • Professor's novel weaves clues to a mysterious disappearance with whales trying to save the planet

    Headshot of Brett Ashley Kaplan, outdoors with plants behind her.

    The themes of Jewish identity and loss in the debut novel of Brett Ashley Kaplan, a professor of comparative and world literature and the director of the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, echo her academic research interests. “Rare Stuff” also is a work of eco-fiction and magical realism.

    Photo by Melia Kaplan-Hartnett


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Brett Ashley Kaplan, email For a review copy of the novel, contact Brenda Thompson at or go to NetGalley.