My Holocaust

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I just received a review copy of Tova Reich’s forthcoming novel My Holocaust, and it looks intense, to say the least. Here’s the first paragraph of the description from the HarperCollins website:

Maurice and Norman Messer, father-and-son business partners, know a good product when they see it. That product is the Holocaust, and Maurice, a Holocaust survivor with an inflated personal history, and Norman, enjoying vicarious victimhood as a participant in the second-generation movement, proceed to market it enthusiastically. Not even the disappearance of Nechama, Norman’s daughter and Maurice’s granddaughter, into the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz, where she is transformed into a nun, Sister Consolatia of the Cross, deters them from pushing their agenda.

The back cover of the book is comprised of a two paragraph blurb from Cynthia Ozick, which includes the following high praise:

Tova Reich’s My Holocaust is a ferocious work of serious satiric genius. I believe it to be one of the most penetrating social and political novels of the early twenty-first century, next to which the last century’s Animal Farm is a mere bleat.

That’s serious hype, and from the description, the book sounds like it’s ripe for controversy. We’ll know soon enough. It’s due out on April 3rd.

Posted on March 20, 2007

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