Hope: A Tragedy
Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize
'Possibly the funniest novel of the decade' Sunday Times, Books of the Decade 2010-2019
Solomon Kugel has had enough of the past and its burdens. So, in the hope of starting afresh, he moved his family to a small rural town where nothing of import has ever happened.
Sadly, Kugel’s life isn’t that simple. His family soon find themselves threatened by a local arsonist and his ailing mother won't stop reminiscing about the Nazi concentration camps she didn’t actually suffer through. And when, one night, Kugel discovers a living, breathing, thought-to-be-dead specimen of history hiding in his attic, bad very quickly becomes worse.
‘The humour, at times can leave you gasping . . . comic brilliance’ Sunday Times
‘Singularly inventive and superbly shocking . . . nothing short of genius’ Scotland on Sunday
‘He will make you laugh until your heart breaks’ New York Times Book Review
‘I think it’s a brilliant book, I think it’s as good as Portnoy’s Complaint’ David Baddiel, Open Book, BBC Radio 4
‘One of the best books I read last year. It’s hilarious . . . I think we should all read it.’ Naomi Alderman, Open Book, BBC Radio 4
One of the funniest, wrongest books of the century
Richard Godwin, The Times