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The doorposts of your house and on your gates : a novel

by Bacharach, Jacob,

Format: Print Book 2017
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Summary
Is there any father worse than Abraham?Are there any unhappier families than the first family of Genesis?In the follow-up to his acclaimed debut, The Bend of the World, Jacob Bacharach enlivens these existential questions in a madcap tale that replaces the biblical Ur with New York City, the land of Canaan with the rust-belt river valleys of western Pennsylvania. Told in a comic voice that Sam Lipsyte once called "shrewd, deadpan, and dirty," The Doorposts of Your House and on Your Gates hilariously transposes the biblical story of our first patriarchs into a modern world even madder than the ancient Middle East.Fleeing from a failed relationship, Isabel Giordani leaves Manhattan for Pittsburgh to accept a job at the underachieving nonprofit Future Cities Institute and insinuates herself into the aimless lives of Isaac Mayer and his father, Abbie. An architect turned crooked real estate developer, Abbie claims to be chasing after an unexpected heavenly vision--one that inevitably embroils the Mayer family within the political and familial machinations of Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Bacharach explores the perpetually fraught themes of love, family, God, and real estate in an irreverent and unnervingly tender tale that Edan Lepucki celebrates as "simultaneously funny and tragic, sacred and profane...wise and clever from the first page to the last."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This biblically titled (from Deuteronomy) and occasionally humorous novel is a retelling of the story of Abraham and Isaac (set mainly in modern Pittsburgh and environs) by the author of The Bend of the World (2014). It centers on the characters of Abbot (Abbie) Mayer, a once-prominent architect, who occasionally has divine visions, and his gay son, Isaac. It possesses an overly involved secondary theme of real-estate development, political corruption, and ecology (fracking figures in); an interspersed quasi-judicial transcript, though funny, is mainly distracting. There is a large, interesting (if often confusing) cast of other characters (real-estate people, friends, arbitrators), and the plot shifts around (also sometimes confoundingly) in time. The whole makes for tough going but is at times compelling. In the end, the novel will prove worth the slog for literary-fiction readers willing to exert the necessary effort.--Levine, Mark Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "It's the 1980s and, while in synagogue, New York architect Abbie Mayer hears the voice of God speaking to him, which causes him to pack up and move to Pittsburgh. Or maybe the move is really engendered by the fact that Abbie got his mistress pregnant and is seeking a fresh start with his wife, Sarah. Motivations such as these are muddled in a novel that is shot through with vagueness. In Pittsburgh, Abbie becomes involved in a land grab scheme with his sister, Veronica. Some time later, 38-year-old Isabel moves to Pittsburgh to escape a failed relationship and meets Abbie's gay son, Isaac. As Isabel insinuates herself into the lives of Abbie and his family, past and present collide, but no plot detail is ever really clear. The novel takes incisively limned characters and sharp insights into civic corruption and embeds them in what is supposed to be a contemporary retelling of the biblical story of Abraham, patriarch of the Jews. But it's really just a strained account of real estate shenanigans gone wrong, adding up to little. Of course, Bacharach (The Bend of the World) furthers the biblical allusions by including a scene where Abbie goes after Isaac with a knife, but in the end, the only sacrifice made here is the reader's time spent on this frustratingly incoherent novel. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Single women -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 373 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781631491740
1631491741
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