The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross audiobook

The Lost Shtetl: A Novel

By Max Gross
Read by Steven Jay Cohen

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062991126


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Runtime: 13.80 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English



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A remarkable debut novel—written with the fearless imagination of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart—about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded no one knows it exists . . . until now.

What if there was a town that history missed?

For decades, the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol existed in happy isolation, virtually untouched and unchanged. Spared by the Holocaust and the Cold War, its residents enjoyed remarkable peace. It missed out on cars, and electricity, and the internet, and indoor plumbing. But when a marriage dispute spins out of control, the whole town comes crashing into the twenty-first century.

Pesha Lindauer, who has just suffered an ugly, acrimonious divorce, suddenly disappears. A day later, her husband goes after her, setting off a panic among the town elders. They send a woefully unprepared outcast named Yankel Lewinkopf out into the wider world to alert the Polish authorities.

 Venturing beyond the remote safety of Kreskol, Yankel is confronted by the beauty and the ravages of the modern-day outside world – and his reception is met with a confusing mix of disbelief, condescension, and unexpected kindness. When the truth eventually surfaces, his story and the existence of Kreskol make headlines nationwide. 

Returning Yankel to Kreskol, the Polish government plans to reintegrate the town that time forgot. Yet in doing so, the devious origins of its disappearance come to the light. And what has become of the mystery of Pesha and her former husband? Divided between those embracing change and those clinging to its old world ways, the people of Kreskol will have to find a way to come together . . .  or risk their village disappearing for good.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gross’s entertaining, sometimes disquieting tale delivers laugh-out-loud moments and deep insight on human foolishness, resilience, and faith.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Great fun, packed with warmth, humor, and delightful Yiddish expressions…The author spins an ingenious yarn about the struggle between past and present.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Narrator Steven Jay Cohen matches the mood in all its shifts and keeps the Polish and Yiddish accents subtle. Yankel Lewinkopf, who gradually becomes the central character, is a particular challenge, but Cohen shows him retaining his innocence even as he develops a downbeat worldly wisdom.” AudioFile
“With warmth and charm, Gross spins a resonant and poignant tale of village life complete with gossip and matchmakers.” National Book Review
“Witty and sagacious.” USA Today



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Author Bio: Max Gross

Author Bio: Max Gross

Max Gross is a former staff writer for the New York Post and the Forward and is editor in chief of the Commercial Observer.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English