Farrar, Straus and Giroux
On Sale: March 5, 2013
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Fiction | Historical
A luminous novelâ€”funny and moving in equal measureâ€”that
shines with the authorâ€™s unique talents
Jacobâ€™s Folly is a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book,
brimful of sparkling, unexpected characters, that takes on
desire, faith, love, actingâ€”and reincarnation.
In eighteenth-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler
of knives, saltcellars, and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous
teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in
life, by whatever means he can. More than two hundred years
later, Jacob is amazed to find himself reincarnated as a ﬂy
in the Long Island suburbs of twenty-first-century America,
his new life twisted in ways he could never have imagined.
But even the tiniest of insects can influence the turning of
the world, and thanks to his arrival, the lives of a
reliable volunteer fireman and a young Orthodox Jewish woman
nursing a secret ambition will never be the same.
Through the unique lens of Jacobâ€™s consciousness, Rebecca
Miller explores change in all its different guisesâ€”personal,
spiritual, literal. The hold of the past on the present, the
power of private hopes and dreams, the collision of fate and
free will: Millerâ€™s worldâ€”which is our own, transfigured by
her clear gaze and by her sharp, surprising witâ€”comes
brilliantly to life in the pages of this profoundly original
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