Faith for Beginners : A Novel

Faith for Beginners : A NovelAn acclaimed short-story writer has created a miraculous first novel about an American family on the verge of a breakdown#8211;and an epiphany.

In the summer of 2000, Israel teeters between total war and total peace. Similarly on edge, Helen Michaelson, a respectable suburban housewife from Michigan, has brought her ailing husband and rebellious college-age son, Jeremy, to Jerusalem. She hopes the journey will inspire Jeremy to reconnect with his faith and find meaning in his life. . . or at least get rid of his nose ring.

It#8217;s not that Helen is concerned about Jeremy#8217;s sexual orientation (after all, her other son is gay as well). It#8217;s merely the matter of the overdose (#8220;Just like Liza!#8221; Jeremy had told her), the green hair, and what looks like a safety pin stuck through his face. After therapy, unconditional love, and tough love . . . why not try Israel?

Yet in seductive and dangerous surroundings, with the rumbling of violence and change in the air, in a part of the world where #8220;there are no modern times,#8221; mother and son become new, old, and surprising versions of themselves.

Funny, erotic, searingly insightful, and profoundly moving, Faith for Beginners is astunning debut novel from a vibrant new voice in fiction. Обо всём этом и не только в книге Faith for Beginners : A Novel

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