Julian Treslove, a radio producer, and Samuel Finkler, a Jewish philosopher, have been friends since childhood and, as they enter middle age, they reminisce over their struggles with self-identity, anti-Semitism, women, love, and the past.
Literary critics have called him the British Philip Roth, but Howard Jacobson prefers to think of himself as a "Jewish Jane Austen." His books are renowned for their biting social commentary — and his Booker prize-winning novel, The Finkler Question, is no exception.
Howard Jacobson is the author of several novels, including Who's Sorry Now and The Making of Henry. His latest novel, The Finkler Question, recently won the Booker Prize.
This week's paperbacks take on big questions: what it means to be Jewish; how a woman disfigured by polio became an iconic photographer; how medicine is blurring the boundary between life and death; and what we can do to improve America's schools.
The hero of this year's Booker Prize winner, The Finkler Question, is a non-Jew fascinated by Jewishness. For writer David Sax, these efforts to simulate Judaism — to take on a persona outside of one's own — offer a broader commentary on human experience.