John Wilson (Books and Culture) on the New Michael Chabon Novel

John Wilson reviews The Yiddish Policemen’s Union:

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union is the best new novel I’ve read so far this year, and I won’t be surprised if it wins another Pulitzer or some comparable recognition. It is also a deeply frustrating book…

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

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    I gave this book 50 pages before giving up on it. Of those 50 pages, about 45 were exposition. I’m sure it eventually gets interesting, but I find that I’ve got less and less time for self-indulgence like this. Still, I heard Chabon speak a couple weeks ago, and he’s both very interesting and an honest-to-God nice guy. I really love his horror stories, “In the Black Mill” & “The God of Dark Laughter.”


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