I am so happy to read the latest blog post from an observant Jewish woman who says that I got the details of strictly observant Jewish life right in Jacob’s Folly. I was obsessive about this aspect of the book, having rabbis, scholars, and, perhaps most importantly, a real, observant, frum mother as consultants. For [...]
- Book clubs and what is reading, anyway?
I got a text from an endocrinologist I know who happens to be a member of a book club in the Bronx and she asked me to come up there one night and talk to her book club. I’m going. I don’t know what’s gotten into me but with this book, I feel ready to [...]
- Jacob tours the west coast
I’m on my way back from a week of readings and signings on the West Coast. Book peddling. It’s a release to perform the book now after years of being locked away with it. It’s easier to read outloud than my other books, maybe because I enjoy being Jacob so much. His joyful amorality, his [...]
- “Jacob’s Folly” comes out tomorrow
I am nervous. It seems so strange to have this story, which has been twisting around inside me for years, belonging to strangers now. That’s the beauty of it I suppose. Publishing is a balm to the loneliness of the writer.
- Evil is the chair of the good.
One of you has expressed disbelief about the moment in the subway. I promise, it happened. People do kind things every day, and I actually think in the balance people do more kind things than evil things, but the evil eclipses the good. The most surprising thing about humans, to me, is our goodness, not [...]