On Sale: January 22, 2019
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Literature and Fiction | Fiction
A witty epistolary novel, both heartwarming and
heart-wrenching, about a dysfunctional family-led by a
Jewish pig farmer in Israel-struggling to love and accept
As comic as it is deeply moving, Holy Lands
chronicles a set of highly charged relationships within an
estranged familyof colorful eccentrics. The patriarch, Harry
Rosenmerck, is an aging Jewish cardiologist who has left his
thriving medical practice in Paris to raise antiterrorist
pigs in Israel.
Harry doesn’t use a computer or a telephone in his new life
in Nazareth, so when members of his family want to be in
touch, they must put pen to paper the old-fashioned way. The
letters written by David, his gay son, an earnest and
successful playwright in New York, have long gone unanswered
by his disapproving father. Annabelle, Harry’s daughter,
writes of the heartbreak she suffered at the hands of a
married professor. David and Annabelle’s mother,
Monique—Harry’s ex-wife—ruminates about their once happy
marriage even as she quietly strives to survive an
aggressive lethal cancer.
Holy Lands captures the distress and poignancy of an
adult family striving to remain connected across time,
geography, and radically different perspectives on life.
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