Holy Lands

Holy Lands

A Novel

Book - 2019
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A witty, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching epistolary novel, soon to be a major motion picture starring James Caan, Rosanna Arquette, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, about a dysfunctional family--led by a Jewish pig farmer in Israel--struggling to love and accept each other.

As comic as it is deeply moving, Holy Lands chronicles several months in the lives of an estranged family of colorful eccentrics. Harry Rosenmerck is an aging Jewish cardiologist who has left his thriving medical practice in New York--to raise pigs in Israel. His ex-wife, Monique, ruminates about their once happy marriage even as she quietly battles an aggressive illness. Their son, David, an earnest and successful playwright, has vowed to reconnect with his father since coming out. Annabelle, their daughter, finds herself unmoored in Paris in the aftermath of a breakup.

Harry eschews technology, so his family, spread out around the world, must communicate with him via snail mail. Even as they grapple with challenges, their correspondence sparkles with levity. They snipe at each other, volleying quips across the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and Europe, and find joy in unexpected sources.

Holy Lands captures the humor and poignancy of an adult family striving to remain connected across time, geography, and radically different perspectives on life.

Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Publishing,, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781635572834
Branch Call Number: FICTION STH
Characteristics: 161 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 23, 2019

I started reading this right before bed, and ended up reading the whole thing! Probably not the best idea on a weeknight, but I couldn't put it down. It was a very quick read since it's a collection of letters and emails between family members, and a few friends. It was quirky and touching and I fell in love with the Rosenmerck family. It's about deeply imperfect members of a family wrestling with the tension of loving each other while also overcoming relational obstacles and tragic circumstances. A really beautiful little book! I would definitely recommend, especially since it's such a quick read.

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