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May Book Group - The Netenyahus: An Account of a Minor and Ultimately Even Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family by Joshya Cohen
"Negligible Episode in the History of a Very Famous Family”

This book is an inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity, and politics. The story revolves around a Jewish historian who is co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish inquisition. Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, with family in tow. The Jewish historian plays the reluctant host to guests who lay waste to his American complacencies. Fiction is laced with non-fiction. The book is a comic historical fantasia.

The New York Times claimed this a “tour de force; probably the funniest novel ever written about contending historiographics. NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE; PULITZER PRIZE WINNER FOR FICTION

May 10, 2023 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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