With his debut novel The Yid, Paul Goldberg joins the same storytelling tradition that also produced Scholem Aleichem, Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, and Michael Chabon. And what a fine addition this novel is: incredibly smart, almost vertigo-inducing in its plot, and with a list of characters as diverse as one could imagine. Throw in some Jewish Theatre and King Lear (in Yiddish!), a least-likely-to-succeed assassination plot, a crash course in Russian profanity, and you have one of the most unconventional and remarkable novels. If you love your historical fiction with a touch of the absurd and a lot of dark humor, The Yid should be on top of your nightstand stack.
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