Two cousins search for their Jewish identity in the Paris of 2015.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Larry Frost, a British pharmacologist living in Paris, is exuberant, charismatic,
wildly opinionated. He’s also convinced he’s Jewish – or at least he’s long had his hopes. But his search for what he believes is his true identity produces more
questions than answers.
In early 2015, following the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo , Larry is joined by his sceptical older cousin, Nick Newman. Divorced, separated from his son and desperately trying to understand his own place in the world, Nick is drawn inextricably into Larry’s slipstream as they walk the fractured, uneasy, magical streets of Paris.
Then, in November, terrorism strikes the city again. With Paris and the cousins still reeling from the trauma, Larry receives the information he’s urgently been seeking: a long-held family secret that will change both their lives forever.
Set against a backdrop of extremism, nationalism and the resurgence of antisemitism, Jacob’s Advice is a timely exploration of identity, race, family and the inescapable nature of the past.
368 pages || Published on 20 August 2020 by Unbound Digital || Genre(s): Literary Fiction/ Jewish Fiction/City Life/Modern & contemporary fiction
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘An astute, funny, elegant meditation on identity, the writing is full of energy with an alluring Parisian glow.’ – Diana Evans
‘Jacob’s Advice is a generous, urbane, zestful novel of friendship and identity that is also a Francophile’s feast, surveying Parisian life and culture through English eyes in the year spanning the city’s twin traumas of Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan’ – Rob Doyle
Jude Cook is the author of Byron Easy . He also writes for The Guardian, The Spectator, Literary Review, New Statesman, TLS, while his essays and short fiction have appeared in Stockholm Review, The Moth, and The Honest Ulsterman, among others. In 2017, he was long-listed for the Pin Drop RA short story award, and in 2018 for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award. Jude lives in London.
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