Aaron Tillman's Magical American Jew: the Enigma of Difference in Contemporary Jewish American Short Fiction and Film is a worthy contribution to our understanding of the workings of Jewish identity within a number of canonical as well as lesser known [works]. . . . Tillman is skilled at reading the interplay of belonging in the United States and being an outsider at the same time, even in texts by writers and performers who are deeply assimilated into American culture. . . . Tillman does present a number of convincing and thought-provoking readings within this framework. I believe that students, teachers, and scholars of Jewish American identity and culture will find Tillman’s contribution highly useful.