This is my favorite of Potok's novels, though Davita's Harp would be a close second.
Though it's a full-length novel, this book has some qualities of a short story form, which give it its unique tone and slightly spartan storytelling style.
The book tells the story of two Jewish boys growing up in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1940s and 1950s. Though they come from different branches of Orthodox Judaism, the two boys become close friends. Their friendship endures through the intense years of adolescence, the political upheavals of World War II and its aftermath, and the postwar Zionist movement, which had devastating effects on the boys' friendship.
Though The Chosen could be any average coming-of-age story, the beautiful writing and its slightly spartan voice sets it apart from the pack. Additionally, the themes of faith, religion, and politics draw the two main characters into adulthood, and into the landscape of post-WW II America.