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CBS Book Group - Nathan Englander's new novel "Kaddish.com"

CBS Book Group

The next meeting of the CBS Book Group will discuss Nathan Englander’s new novel “Kaddish.com"

 In this comic novel, Larry, an atheist with an orthodox upbringing, appalls his family when he announces has no plans to say kaddish for his father.  To placate his mother and his sister, he arranges a proxy through the website Kaddish.com.  Although the plan to hire a proxy mourner was to help his father's soul find rest, it takes Larry places he hadn't imagined.

This book is available in print, e-book and audio forms from the San Francisco Library and on-line retailers.

About the Author:

Nathan Englander is the author of the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, an international best seller, and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, and the novels The Ministry of Special Cases and Dinner at the Center of the Earth.  His books have been translated into twenty-two languages, and he is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN/Malamud Award, the Frank O'Connor Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. His play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at the Public Theater in 2012. He is Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Reviews:

"Sublime...kaddish.com reads like a modern-day Hasidic tale in which religious characters are bedeviled by the challenges of upholding God's word in an all too human world... Kafka and Roth's influences are felt in Englander's work... In this tender, wry and entertaining novel, Englander nimbly juggles these possibilities, creating an endearing hero who stumbles through a world in which the holy and profane are intertwined."
—The New York Times
"The humor of kaddish.com is infused with delight... What a rare blessing to find a smart and witty novel about the unexpected ways religious commitment can fracture a life — and restore it."
—Washington Post


Time: 9:30 a.m.
DATE: Sunday, August 18th
Place: Board Room
Questions: Contact the organizer.

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