The Yiddish Policemen's Union LP

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HarperCollins, May 1, 2007 - Fiction - 640 pages
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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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Four stars for prose, two stars for plot. - Goodreads
That writing badly is actually writing well. - Goodreads
Michael Chabon is a master of prose and storytelling. - Goodreads
A book very hard to read, indeed. - Goodreads
The pacing, the premise, the prose. - Goodreads
A slow read, with a fast paced ending. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Fiatluxury - Goodreads

not up to his usual, but his characterizations are still thrilling to read. Read full review

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User Review  - Jo„o Beraldo - Goodreads

A very good detective story, a very interesting alternate reality setting, but an ending that seems to be missing something. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
21
Section 4
31
Section 5
38
Section 6
51
Section 7
76
Section 8
90
Section 25
314
Section 26
335
Section 27
340
Section 28
350
Section 29
365
Section 30
379
Section 31
390
Section 32
409

Section 9
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Section 10
120
Section 11
141
Section 12
147
Section 13
155
Section 14
176
Section 15
185
Section 16
199
Section 17
215
Section 18
223
Section 19
237
Section 20
252
Section 21
264
Section 22
270
Section 23
291
Section 24
304
Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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Section 42
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Section 43
565
Section 44
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Section 45
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Section 46
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Section 47
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About the author (2007)

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer PrizeĖwinning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland (a novel for children), The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and Gentlemen of the Road; as well as the short story collections A Model World and Werewolves in Their Youth; and the essay collections Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs. He is the Chairman of the Board of the MacDowell Colony. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.

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