Join the Jewish Federation and the Center for Jewish Education for the 2024 Jewish Book Festival! Opening night will feature Joshua Cohen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Netanyahus.
Winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Netanyahus has been called "absorbing, delightful, hilarious, breathtaking and the best and most relevant novel ... in what feels like forever." (New York Times Book Review). The Wall Street Journal called its author, Joshua Cohen, "America's most perceptive and imaginative Jewish novelist, (and) one of its best novelists full stop".
Corbin College, not quite upstate New York, winter 1959–1960: Ruben Blum, a Jewish historian—but not an historian of the Jews—is co-opted onto a hiring committee to review the application of an exiled Israeli scholar specializing in the Spanish Inquisition. When Benzion Netanyahu shows up for an interview, family unexpectedly in tow, Blum plays the reluctant host to guests who proceed to lay waste to his American complacencies. Mixing fiction with nonfiction, the campus novel with the lecture, The Netanyahus is a wildly inventive, genre-bending comedy of blending, identity, and politics that finds Joshua Cohen at the height of his powers