The Yiddish Policemen's Union LP
For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. The Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. But now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end.
Homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. And in the cheap hotel where Landsman has washed up, someone has just committed a murderóright under his nose. When he begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy, word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, and Landsman finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, evil, and salvation that are his heritage.
At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written.
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Review: The Yiddish Policemen's UnionUser Review - Karen Wyle - Goodreads
I'm rating this book highly (for me) because of its originality and its ambitious nature. Overall, it left me somewhat conflicted and dissatisfied, but I admired many of its components. The writing is ... Read full review
Review: The Yiddish Policemen's UnionUser Review - Lisa R. - Goodreads
Hmmmm. On the one hand, Chabon's writing is flawless. And I adore his dry wit - the man can turn a phrase like no other, there's a reason he's won a Pulitzer. On the other hand, I wasn't all that into the plot (too convoluted) or the characters (too numerous). I'm ambivalent about this one. Read full review