The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross

GOOD MORNING AMERICA MUST READ NEW BOOKS * NEW YORK POST BUZZ BOOKS * THE MILLIONS MOST ANTICIPATEDA extraordinary debut novel—written with the fearless creativeness of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart—about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest this is so secluded no one knows it exists . . . until now.What if there was a town that history missed?For decades, the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol existed in glad isolation, sincerely untouched and unchanged. Spared through the Holocaust and the Cold War, its citizens enjoyed first-rate peace. It ignored out on cars, and electricity, and the internet, and indoor plumbing. But when a wedding dispute spins out of control, the entire city comes crashing into the twenty-first century.Pesha Lindauer, who has just suffered an ugly, acrimonious divorce, all of sudden disappears. A day later, her husband goes after her, setting off a panic a few of the metropolis elders. They ship a woefully unprepared outcast named Yankel Lewinkopf out into the wider world to alert the Polish authorities. Venturing past the remote protection of Kreskol, Yankel is confronted by using the splendor and the ravages of the current outside international – and his reception is met with a difficult mix of disbelief, condescension, and unexpected kindness. When the fact eventually surfaces, his tale and the life of Kreskol make headlines nationwide. Returning Yankel to Kreskol, the Polish government plans to reintegrate the town that time forgot. Yet in doing so, the devious origins of its disappearance come to the light. And what has come to be of the mystery of Pesha and her former husband? Divided between the ones embracing change and people clinging to its old international ways, the human beings of Kreskol will must discover a manner to come together . . .  or threat their village disappearing for good.

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A long term ago, amid situations that nobody appears so certain approximately anymore, a small Jewish village in Poland fell off the map of the world. Surrounded by way of thick forests, Kreskol has existed in a self-sustained bubble of peaceful isolation for decades, thereby lacking the great of human civilization—like electricity, indoor plumbing and the internet—as well as the worst, namely the Holocaust and the Cold War. It is surprising, then, that what brings this peace crashing down isn’t an epic catastrophe however alternatively some thing as mundane as a marital dispute.

When younger Pesha Lindauer disappears, all and sundry suspects foul play by means of her husband, Ishmael, who is also nowhere to be found. Having no approach to in addition check out the scandal, the rabbis convince young Yankel Lewinkopf, an outcast and an orphan, to find his manner to the nearest city and inform the authorities of the suspected crime. Yankel leaves reluctantly, handiest to return 3 months later in a helicopter with gentiles who're less interested in fixing the crime than in at once thrusting Kreskol into the twenty first century.

First-time novelist Max Gross is funny, insightful and mysterious in sharing what is essentially a coming-of-age tale not simplest for Pesha, Ishmael and Yankel, each of whom realizes that they can pick to steer a distinct life, but also for an entire village that’s without delay suspicious of and fascinated by the inundation of cash and present day conveniences.

The Lost Shtetl is a fascinating combination of adventure, laughs and heartache, ideal for fans of Michael Chabon.

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