Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney

Book rec!!!!

Today's greatest non-musical pleasure has been reading Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union, an alternate world noir paranoid police procedural love story which I thoroughly commend to your attention without telling you very much about it. It's set in a very different C20 - we only get to find out bits of how different it is - in which the USA allowed Jewish refugees to settle for fifty years on the coast of Alaska when Israel was overwhelmed in 1948. Time is almost up; the USA has a Rightwing government crazier than GWB's; and drunken cop Landsman is told by his boss and ex-wife - same person, you understand - to bury the case of a junky shot in the hotel where he lives. Only, of course, he doesn't, because it is a noir thriller...

It's funny, smart and poignant; the language is inventive; my favourite book of the year so far.
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