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By Nathan Englander


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 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

About the Author

NATHAN ENGLANDER is the author of the novels Dinner at the Center of the Earth and The Ministry of Special Cases and the story collections For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. He is winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologized, most recently in 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. His play The Twenty-Seventh Man premiered at The Public Theater in 2012. He also translated the New American Haggadah and co-translated Etgar Keret’s Suddenly, a Knock on the Door. He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Long Island, NY

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

ISBN: 9780525434054

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