Publisher: St. Martin’s
Shlepping the Exile, the rollickingly dyspeptic adventures of Yoine Levkes, boy hasid of the Canadian Prairies, is an inside portrait of orthodox, post-Holocaust Judaism in a place that it never expected to be.
Svelte and supple as unleavened bread, Shlepping rends the shmaltz from Jewish fiction and replaces it with a pound of real flesh.
It’s the story of Yoine, his refugee parents, and the Jewish community of Coalbanks, Alberta, between 1956 and 1959. Confronted with a dying people, an ailing culture, the perils of near-orphanhood and the allures of Sabina Mandelbroit, whose family doesn’t keep the Sabbath, Yoine can no longer tell whether he’s a human being or a loot-bag of conflicting traditions. He’s too religious to be “normal”, too “normal” not to realize this,and too much of a kid to be able to make any sense of it.
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