Faith for Beginners (Paperback) - Hamburger, Aaron

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The author of "The View from Stalin's Head" now offers a humorous and moving novel about an American family whose vacation to Jerusalem goes terribly awry.

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Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780812973204
SKU 202591261
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0812973208
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 1T
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Editors Note After her college-age son, Jeremy, nearly dies from an overdose of alcohol and pills, Helen Michaelson decides to take him and her terminally ill husband on a mission to Israel in the hopes that Jeremy will reconnect with his faith, but the family vacation soon takes some unexpected turns. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Editors Note 1 An acclaimed short-story writer has created a miraculous first novel about an American family on the verge of a breakdown?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?s not that Helen is concerned about Jeremy?s sexual orientation (after all, her other son is gay as well). It?s merely the matter of the overdose (?Just like Liza!? 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 ?there are no modern times,? mother and son become new, old, and surprising versions of themselves.Funny, erotic, searingly insightful, and profoundly moving, Faith for Beginners is a stunning debut novel from a vibrant new voice in fiction.From the Hardcover edition.
Editors Note 2 After her college-age son, Jeremy, nearly dies from an overdose of alcohol and pills, Helen Michaelson decides to take him and her terminally ill husband on a mission to Israel in the hopes that Jeremy will reconnect with his faith, but the family vacation soon takes some unexpected turns. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0353
Publisher Random House Trade
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