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Argumentative, Yiddish-speaking, 80-year-old Jack Silver has reluctantly returned to Golders Green to care for his 10-year-old grandson, Danny. Unpredictable and outspoken but warm-hearted, Jack is resolutely secular and repudiates everything Jewish. His profoundly troubled son, now a successful, middle-aged journalist, has followed in his footsteps, while the brilliant young Danny has been kept in ignorance of his heritage.
When Jack is beaten up by an antisemitic gang, it changes everything. He and Danny secretly set out to outwit and track down the thugs and bring them to justice. The hunt takes Jack into memories of his own childhood and the two unlikely heroes discover a shared identity spanning generations that eventually draws the whole family together.
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Andrew Sanger is an award-winning freelance journalist and travel writer who has lived and worked in several countries, including Greece, India, the USA, and several years in the Languedoc region of southern France. He has contributed to a wide spectrum of print and online publications, including most UK national newspapers. Andrew Sanger now lives in NW London, UK.Review:
A charming tale... a delightful read. A vivid picture of the perplexing muddle that is the capital's Jewish population today. --Jewish Chronicle (London)
For an exploration of Jewish identity, I strongly recommend Andrew Sanger's new novel The J-Word. --Ruth Gledhill, The Times (London)
Fast-moving and thought-provoking. A thrilling read. --Canada Post
A remarkably accomplished debut from a talented writer. --Modern British Fiction, Suite101.com
A fascinating exposure of the vagaries of Jewish identity and its impact on individual lives. A considerable achievement. --Hampstead & Highgate Express (London)
The J-Word is the most fantastic novel I've read for many a year and I strongly recommend it. When I got to the end I turned back to page one and read it again. It was just as good second time round. --Chas Newkey-Burden, oyvagoy.com
"A beautiful, thoughtful portrait of the anxieties and paradoxes of modern Jewish life." --Linda Grant
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