By Shalom Auslander
The bestselling debut novel from Shalom Auslander, the darkly comedian writer of Foreskin's Lament and watch out for God.
Hope: A Tragedy is a hilarious and haunting exam of the burdens and abuse of historical past, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and choked with existential musings and mordant wit. it's a comedian and compelling tale of the hopeless longing to be freed from these pasts that hang-out our each present.
The rural city of Stockton, manhattan, is legendary for not anything: not anyone was once born there, not anyone died there, not anything of any ancient import in any respect has ever occurred there, that's why Solomon Kugel, like different urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, made up our minds to maneuver his spouse and younger son there.
To commence back. to begin anew. however it isn't rather figuring out that approach for Kugel...
His ill mom stubbornly holds directly to existence, and won't cease reminiscing in regards to the Nazi focus camps she by no means really suffered via. To complicate concerns extra, a few lunatic is burning down farmhouses like the one Kugel received, and whilst, one evening, he discovers history—a dwelling, respiring, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history—hiding upstairs in his attic, undesirable quick turns into worse.