My Holocaust: A Novel (Paperback)

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My Holocaust: A Novel (Paperback)


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Successful father-and-son business partners Maurice and Norman Messer know a good product when they see it. That product is the Holocaust—and they market it enthusiastically. Maurice is a survivor with a self-inflated personal history. Norman enjoys vicarious victimhood via the second-generation movement. And nothing will prevent them from pushing their agenda and reaping the rewards. Not guilt, pride, or ethics. Not the disappearance of Norman's daughter, Nechama, into the Carmelite convent at Auschwitz or her reemergence as Sister Consolatia of the Cross. Not even the violent takeover of America's most powerful Holocaust memorialization institution by an angry coalition of self-styled "victims" eagerly seeking Holocaust status.

Tova Reich is the author of the novels Mara, Master of the Return, and The Jewish War. Her stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, AGNI, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. In 1996, she won the National Magazine Award for her story "The Lost Girl." She lives outside Washington, D.C.

Product Details ISBN: 9780061173479
ISBN-10: 0061173479
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: April 1st, 2008
Pages: 336
Language: English

“Serious and hilarious and utterly scathing... Tova Reich is the master of fury’s return” — Washington Post Book World

“subversive, painful, brilliant, and, yes, both laugh-out-loud funny and illuminating…” — Los Angeles Times

“a creation that surpasses mere chutzpah on its way to the profound” — Entertainment Weekly

“…Reich’s satire is…cynical…often hilarious—and likely to cause a scandal.” — Publishers Weekly

“…it surely will be the subject of much discussion.” — Library Journal

“viciously funny, head-spinning...this novel is clearly in its own class” — Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Reich has assembled an outlandish cast...[My Holocaust] is piercing and perceptive and cuts a wide swath.” — Booklist

“...provocative satire…powerful darts of wit and perception… clever…” — Kirkus Reviews

“A deliciously wicked satirical novel” — The Forward