The Liars' Gospel

by Naomi Alderman

The Liars' Gospel

Hardcover, 311 pages, Little Brown & Co, List Price: $25.99 | purchase

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Re-imagining the life of Jesus, this novel presents the story of Yehoshuah, who wandered Roman-occupied Judea giving sermons and healing the sick. Now, a year after his death, the four people closest to him tell their stories. His mother grieves, his friend Iehuda loses his faith, the High Priest of the Temple tries to keep the peace, and a rebel named Bar-Avo strives to bring that peace tumbling down.

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Alderman's first novel, Disobedience, told the story of a prodigal Orthodox Jewish daughter returning home after the death of her father. In this, her third book, Alderman solidly claims her place as a writer of bold imagination and abundant skill. The Liar's Gospel is a distinctly Jewish telling of the life and death of Jesus (Yehoshuah in the book), an approach that makes the well-known story feel immediate and compelling. A year after he has been crucified,

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