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Faith for Beginners: A Novel

by Aaron Hamburger

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This was a a great book. Really thought provoking and interesting characters. I hate to admit it though I but I've re-read the ending several times and I'm not sure I get it. I absolutely thought that Mrs. Michaelson was about as perfectly realized, multi-dimensional as a character can be. This book is just so multi-layered. The political issues that are handled are complex alone, not to mention the relationship of the three Michaelsons. Please read this book. And I'd love to hear what others thought of the ending. It was a great ending. I'm just not exactly sure what to make of it. ( )
  mgaulding | Jul 4, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812973208, Paperback)

An acclaimed short-story writer has created a miraculous first novel about an American family on the verge of a breakdown–and an epiphany.

In the summer of 2000, Israel teeters between total war and total peace. Similarly on edge, Helen Michaelson, a respectable suburban housewife from Michigan, has brought her ailing husband and rebellious college-age son, Jeremy, to Jerusalem. She hopes the journey will inspire Jeremy to reconnect with his faith and find meaning in his life . . . or at least get rid of his nose ring.

It’s not that Helen is concerned about Jeremy’s sexual orientation (after all, her other son is gay as well). It’s merely the matter of the overdose (“Just like Liza!” Jeremy had told her), the green hair, and what looks like a safety pin stuck through his face. After therapy, unconditional love, and tough love . . . why not try Israel?

Yet in seductive and dangerous surroundings, with the rumbling of violence and change in the air, in a part of the world where “there are no modern times,” mother and son become new, old, and surprising versions of themselves.

Funny, erotic, searingly insightful, and profoundly moving, Faith for Beginners is a stunning debut novel from a vibrant new voice in fiction.


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"A short-story writer has created a first novel about an American family on the verge of a breakdown - and an epiphany." "In the summer of 2000, Israel teeters between total war and total peace. Similarly on edge, Helen Michaelson, a respectable suburban housewife from Michigan, has brought her ailing husband and rebellious college-age son, Jeremy, to Jerusalem. She hopes the journey will inspire Jeremy to reconnect with his faith and find meaning in his life... or at least get rid of his nose ring." "It's not that Helen is concerned about Jeremy's sexual orientation (after all, her other son is gay as well). It's merely the matter of the overdose ("Just like Liza!" Jeremy had said), the green hair, and what looks like a safety pin stuck through his face. After therapy, unconditional love, and tough love... why not try Israel?" "Yet in seductive and dangerous surroundings, with the rumbling of violence and change in the air, in a part of the world where "there are no modern times," mother and son become new, old, and surprising versions of themselves."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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