Publication Date: February 11, 2020
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From the Pulitzer-nominated, bestselling author of Dinner at the Center of the Earth comes a comic masterpiece about the lengths to which a son will go to avoid saying Kaddish for his dead father.
Larry is the secular son in a family of Orthodox Brooklyn Jews. When his father dies, it’s his responsibility to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for eleven months. But to the horror and dismay of his sister, Larry refuses—imperiling the fate of their father’s soul. To appease her, Larry hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website called kaddish.com to recite the prayer on his behalf. Sharp, irreverent, hilarious, and wholly irresistible, Nathan Englander’s tale of a son who makes a diabolical compromise brilliantly captures the tensions between tradition and modernity.
Publication History: Knopf HC, March 2019
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