Nothing beats returning from holiday to find a finished book on your desk.
Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin is Random House Canada’s New Face of Fiction for 2016. On sale in April. More info here.
I’m biased, of course, but I think it’s sublime.
But don’t just listen to me…
“The book is as full of humour and adventure as a reader could want, and this allows it to address things that would perhaps otherwise be too true for our comfort—persecution, loss, exile, memory, and so on. It deftly manages this mixture of humour and tragedy, moving between the two in ways that are both poignant and provoking.” From Word to Word
“All my life I have been waiting for the romantic tale of a Kabbalistic Jewish pirate as filtered through a uniquely Canadian perspective. Today, my prayers have been answered and then some.” Gary Shteyngart, author of Little Failure
“Yiddish for Pirates is a rollicking story, a linguistic typhoon, and the most audacious and original novel I’ve read in a long time. Gary Barwin has the imagination of David Mitchell and a galleon full of dictionaries.” Emily Schultz, author of The Blondes
“What an accomplishment! What an imagination! The wit, the wordplay, and the subversive humour make this a thoroughly original and delightful novel.” Lauren B. Davis, Scotiabank Giller Prize–nominated author of Our Daily Bread and Against a Darkening Sky