Fort Greene store:
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 PM
Nathan Englander presents kaddish.com
In conversation with Colson Whitehead
Wine reception to follow
Greenlight welcomes our neighbor and friend, author and Pulitzer finalist Nathan Englander, to present his new novel kaddish.com. Englander’s newest work is a brilliant, streamlined comic novel, reminiscent of early Philip Roth and of his own most masterful stories. Larry is a Brooklyn atheist born to a family of orthodox Memphis Jews. When his father dies, it is his responsibility as the surviving son to recite the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead, every day for eleven months. To appease his family, he hatches an ingenious if cynical plan, hiring a stranger through a website to recite the daily prayer and shepherd his father’s soul safely to rest—with consequences that will echo through the succeeding decades. Kaddish.com is a novel about atonement; about spiritual redemption; and about the soul-sickening temptations of the internet, which, like God, is everywhere. Englander discusses his book with his friend and fellow author Colson Whitehead, author of The Colossus, Underground Railroad, and others.