Synopses & Reviews
At the center of A Blessing on the Moon
is Chaim Skibelski. Death is merely the beginning of Chaim's troubles. In the opening pages, he is shot along with the other Jews of his small Polish village. But instead of resting peacefully in the World to Come, Chaim, for reasons unclear to him, is left to wander the earth, accompanied by his rabbi, who has taken the form of a talking crow. Chaim's afterlife journey is filled with extraordinary encounters whose consequences are far greater than he realizes.
Not since Art Spiegelman's Maus has a work so powerfully evoked one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century with such daring originality.
"Brilliant ... Astonishing."
--The Boston Globe The Boston Globe
"Startlingly original. . . . Recalls the dark, hallucinatory world of Jerzy Kosinski's The Painted Bird
while at the same time surpassing it."
--The Washington Post The Washington Post
"As mesmerizing as a folk tale, as rich as gold itself."
--The Denver Post The Denver Post
"A compelling tour de force, a surreal but thoroughly accessible page-turner."
--Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle
"As magical as it is macabre."
--The New Yorker The New Yorker
"The considerable talents of author Joseph Skibell and narrator Allen Lewis Rickman join to deliver a captivating Holocaust story that is as magical and joyous as it is tragic and heartrending. . . . an utterly engrossing story that, like Chaim's odyssey, cannot be abandoned."
--AudioFile [Earphones Award]
"Allen Lewis Rickman brilliantly narrates Skibell's debut novel, a macabre tale first published in 1997 to rave reviews and newly available on audio. His tone of determined cheerfulness creates the mood of a Yiddish folktale."
--Library Journal (starred review and a Wyatt's World "Best Bets" selection)
Joseph Skibell's magical tale about the Holocaust--a fable inspired by fact--received unanimous nationwide acclaim when first published in 1997. It's now available for the first time on audio.
About the Author
Possessing “a gifted, committed imagination” (New York Times), Joseph Skibell is the author of three novels, A Blessing on the Moon, The English Disease, and A Curable Romantic; the forthcoming collection of nonfiction stories My Father’s Guitar and Other Imaginary Things; and another forthcoming nonfiction work, Six Memos from the Last Millennium: A Novelist Reads the Talmud. He has received numerous awards, including the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Sami Rohr Award in Jewish Literature, Story magazine’s Short Short-Story Prize, and the Turner Prize for First Fiction.
As director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature from 2008 to 2015, he sang and played guitar onstage with both Margaret Atwood and Paul Simon. A professor at Emory University, Skibell has also taught at the University of Wisconsin and the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Recently a Senior Fellow at the Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, he is the Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities at Emory University. A native Texan, he lives mostly in his head.ALLEN LEWIS RICKMAN has performed in regional theatres across the U.S., on film in the Coen brothers' A Serious Man, and on television in Martin Scorsese's "Boardwalk Empire", Barry Levinson's "You Don't Know Jack", and Michael Moore's "The Awful Truth".