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Kaddish.com
Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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The Pulitzer finalist delivers his best work yet--a brilliant, streamlined comic novel, reminiscent of early Philip Roth and of his own most masterful stories, about a son's failure to say Kaddish for his father Larry is an atheist in a family of orthodox Memphis Jews. When his father dies, it is his responsibility as the surviving son to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for eleven months. To the horror and dismay of his mother and sisters, Larry refuses--thus imperiling the fate of his father's soul. To appease them, and in penance for failing to mourn his father correctly, he hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website called Kaddish.com to recite the daily prayer and shepherd his father's soul safely to rest. This is Nathan Englander's freshest and funniest work to date--a satire that touches, lightly and with unforgettable humor, on the conflict between religious and secular worlds, and the hypocrisies that run through both. A novel about atonement; about spiritual redemption; and about the soul-sickening temptations of the internet, which, like God, is everywhere.
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SqueakyChu
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I love this author‘s writing. I was so happy to find this new book of his at the public library. This book is about a #Jewish guy turned secular who deals with the #death of his religiously observant father.

SqueakyChu Wow! This book has so many Yiddish/Hebrew words I don‘t know. It‘s keeping me busy looking up definitions! :O 3mo
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Rachel_nyc
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This book isn‘t exactly what I expected but I really enjoyed it. IMO the blurb is misleading since the crux of the novel is the internal conflict the MC has with his decision once he becomes observant after lapsing from Judaism. Photo was taken near where “Larry” lived when he had strayed from his faith.

Leftcoastzen So beautiful! Wish I was there. 4mo
Rachel_nyc @Leftcoastzen I wish it was Fall weather like in this photo. It‘s oppressively hot right now here so you‘re not missing much! 😓 4mo
BarbaraBB Great picture and review. I mostly love Englander and I just got a copy of this book from the wonderful @Cinfhen so I‘ll get to it soon! 4mo
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Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB This is my first experience with Englander but I definitely want to read more of him even though I‘m not usually a short story fan. I think you‘ll like this. I‘m not at all religious but I found it to be an interesting insight into someone who left his faith and returned. 4mo
BarbaraBB @Rachel_nyc Sounds good and if you like it, I‘m sure I will as well! 4mo
Suet624 I have been wanting to read more of Englander's books. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one. 4mo
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The_Real_Nani
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My first experience with Nathan Englander, and a good one. Who among us can‘t understand the anxiety that stems from knowing that a wrong has been done and the relief that comes with being able to right a wrong?

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BennettBookworm
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This story was easy to get immersed in, especially being Jewish myself. It‘s my first by Englander and I really liked his style, weaving in and out of a Surrealist quality. Between a pick and a so-so for me because it started out so realistic and then felt like it shifted too jarringly. But “realistic” may not have been the goal so much as striking at the core:

What do we owe each other, in this life and the next?

Severnmeadows The quote- ‘What do we owe each other.... ‘ is so striking. I copied it in my notebook, to think about. 5mo
BennettBookworm @Severnmeadows that‘s how I feel, too, that the book makes me really want to sit and think! 😌 5mo
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daena
Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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Next up from the library pile....I‘m really intrigued by this one.

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Cinfhen
Kaddish.com | Nathan Englander
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Larry raised Orthodox, rebels against his religious family only to find himself later in life returning to all the traditions and practices he had previously shunned. One highly coveted task a male son is “required “ to perform is to recite the daily Kaddish ( a prayer for a deceased parent) that Larry shirked. Now decades later he‘d like to right this wrong. 👇🏼

Cinfhen I appreciated Englander‘s take on both the sincerity & perfunctory of religion. I found this book highly entertaining but I was already very familiar with the language, themes and observant customs. 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks @ReadingEnvy for putting this book on my radar!! I liked it wayyyyy more than 7mo
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB hubs wants to read this book before I send it off to you...😜 7mo
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ReadingEnvy @Cinfhen it felt like a different author! 7mo
Suet624 I like this author a lot. Excited to read this one. 7mo
Cinfhen @Suet624 I‘m curious to read this older book of his?! Have you read 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m not a fan of short stories @ReadingEnvy @Suet624 so I‘m not sure if I‘ll like (edited) 7mo
ReadingEnvy @Cinfhen I haven't ... But I also tend not to pick up short story collections as often. 7mo
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BennettBookworm
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Such a special opportunity to be able to see Nathan Englander and Jonathan Safran Foer in dialogue about Nathan‘s new book!! I‘m starstruck 🌟 Amidst the horror of Notre Dame burning today, I especially appreciated delving into their humor and sincerity re: their writing process. What does it mean to put your whole self into your art, or rather to let yourself slip away and create connections with your reader that transcend consciousness? ❤️

LiteraryinLititz I didn‘t know you did that! What an amazing opportunity! 7mo
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Sweettartlaura
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I appreciated being immersed in another culture so thoroughly. Growing up in New York, I got to know - and know about - a lot of Jews & ways to be Jewish. But being Jewish in America in the modern era poses some specific challenges that I‘m usually unaware of. I‘m grateful for the reminders in this book that there are other ways to be than just the ways I know.
My thanks to Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Kimberlone I enjoyed his story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” in college but I haven‘t read anything else from Englander 7mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘ll have it on Friday @BarbaraBB 🤞🏼😉#ImpulseBuy My son Eric is coming for Passover ❣️❣️❣️❣️#GottaLovePrime

BarbaraBB Haha love the impulse buying! 🤞😘 7mo
Cinfhen It‘s yours after I read it @BarbaraBB 😘 7mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That‘s great, thank you! You know I‘m a fan of his ❤️😘 7mo
GatheringBooks i just had FIVE impulse book buys this morning. to be fair, i have had my eye on them for a long while. i simply caved. 7mo
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ReadingEnvy
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This novel is a quick read and not as dense as the last one from this author, but Larry is a likeable fool of a character who is still able to go on a deeper journey of self-examination, in what he owes to his family, how much of his identity comes from being Jewish and what that should ultimately mean for his life.

Sweettartlaura Just finished this earlier today 😊 7mo
ReadingEnvy @Sweettartlaura what did you think? 7mo
Sweettartlaura I‘m torn between a Pick & So-so - hence no review yet 😉. I really like the entry into another culture that this provided. It brought me up short a few times. But I don‘t think I connected with Larry/Shuli enough to really fall in love with it. 7mo
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ReadingEnvy @Sweettartlaura same... It's super readable and has a few laughs, and I learned more about being Jewish I think, but the author skipped the journey I was most interested in! And the jump to orthodoxy didn't actually make complete sense.... 7mo
Sweettartlaura Good point! 7mo
Cinfhen I‘m curious about this book but I don‘t have a good track record with Englander. I bailed on his previous book 👉🏼 7mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read this one but I LOVED all his other books, except for the one @Cinfhen mentions above, which was #goodnotgreat. So I am curious about this one. 7mo
Cinfhen If I find out I‘ll share it with you @BarbaraBB 💋 7mo
ReadingEnvy @Cinfhen dinner was my only other book of his, and I found it difficult in a way this wasn't. 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks @ReadingEnvy I bit the bullet and ordered a copy😜I‘ll let you know my thoughts as I‘m already familiar with the concept of Kaddish 7mo
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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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I‘m beyond excited for the new Nathan Englander book. The story of a secular Jew from an orthodox family who refuses to recite the Kaddish for his dead father. Instead he hires someone through a website to take care of it for the required 11 months. Intrigued? Indeed I am!