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The Yiddish Policemen's Union

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Publisher Comments:

For sixty years Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a temporary safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.

Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murder—right under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil and salvation that are his heritage.

At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.

Review:

"'Chabon's storytelling, in this alternate history of a world where Jews were settled in Alaska after World War II, is vivid enough, with inventive metaphors packed in like tapestry threads, but Peter Riegert's versatile voice makes the invented society even more tangible. Told through the eyes of Meyer Landsman, a police detective investigating a murder, the novel occurs in a 'strange time to be a Jew,' as several characters ruefully put it: the special Jewish district will soon be controlled by Alaska again. In a bonus interview on the last disc, Chabon relates his desire to write about a place where Yiddish was an official language. The book is shot through with Yiddish phrases and names, which melodically roll off Riegert's tongue. He gives Landsman and his tough but warmhearted partner Berko similar yet distinct gruff voices that contrast well with the effeminate-sounding sect leader and the Southern-accented Americans who come to start the land reversion process. Riegert's pacing increases the enjoyment of this expertly spun mystery. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 5). (May)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"

Synopsis:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" pens an homage to the stylish menace of 1940s noir in a novel that imagines if Alaska, and not Israel, had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II. Unabridged. 8 CDs.

Synopsis:

In THE YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION, Michael Chabon offers a loving tribute to the hard-boiled world of Hollywood noir - from The Big Sleep to Chinatown - even as he engages with vital questions of identity, faith and the simple but profound subject of love. It is a masterful work that will continue to broaden his enormous reading and listening audience.

About the Author

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland (a novel for children), The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and Gentlemen of the Road, as well as the short story collections A Model World and Werewolves in Their Youth and the essay collections Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs. He is the chairman of the board of the MacDowell Colony. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

Peter Riegert's film credits include Animal House in the role of Donald Boon Schoenstein, Crossing Delancey, and Oscar along with numerous stage, film, and television credits.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060823566
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Chabon, Michael
Read:
Riegert, Peter
Performed by:
Riegert, Peter
Performed:
Riegert, Peter
Author:
Riegert, Peter
Author:
by Michael Chabon
Publisher:
HarperAudio
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Alternate histories (Fiction)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Audio
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.75x5.35x1.57 in. .62 lbs.
Media Run Time:
750

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Chabon's storytelling, in this alternate history of a world where Jews were settled in Alaska after World War II, is vivid enough, with inventive metaphors packed in like tapestry threads, but Peter Riegert's versatile voice makes the invented society even more tangible. Told through the eyes of Meyer Landsman, a police detective investigating a murder, the novel occurs in a 'strange time to be a Jew,' as several characters ruefully put it: the special Jewish district will soon be controlled by Alaska again. In a bonus interview on the last disc, Chabon relates his desire to write about a place where Yiddish was an official language. The book is shot through with Yiddish phrases and names, which melodically roll off Riegert's tongue. He gives Landsman and his tough but warmhearted partner Berko similar yet distinct gruff voices that contrast well with the effeminate-sounding sect leader and the Southern-accented Americans who come to start the land reversion process. Riegert's pacing increases the enjoyment of this expertly spun mystery. Simultaneous release with the HarperCollins hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 5). (May)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"Synopsis" by , The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" pens an homage to the stylish menace of 1940s noir in a novel that imagines if Alaska, and not Israel, had become the homeland for the Jews after World War II. Unabridged. 8 CDs.
"Synopsis" by , In THE YIDDISH POLICEMAN'S UNION, Michael Chabon offers a loving tribute to the hard-boiled world of Hollywood noir - from The Big Sleep to Chinatown - even as he engages with vital questions of identity, faith and the simple but profound subject of love. It is a masterful work that will continue to broaden his enormous reading and listening audience.
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