From the "New York Times" bestselling author and one of the city's
most provocative columnists comes a hip, contemporary novel about
love, lust, and living in the same neighborhood as your parents.
When twenty-six-year-old Rachel Block started rabbinical school,
she didn't think she'd be dropping out after a semester and a half.
But when a sick man dies under her counseling, she realizes she's
not cut out for the rabbinate. To make ends meet, she takes a job
as a bartender in Cobble Hill, her Brooklyn neighborhood -- much to
her parents' chagrin. Until now Rachel has always been the perfect
daughter, getting straight A's and dating nice Jewish boys. Now
she's fending off come-ons from sleazy guys and trying to remember
the ingredients in a Metropolitan. It's the quintessential
quarter-life crisis, compounded by the fact that she's still living
just blocks from her childhood home. To make matters worse, she's
having trouble sleeping -- she can barely get through the night
without being awakened by the amorous noises of her sexy friend and
upstairs neighbor, Liz Kaminsky.
Then Rachel falls in love with Hank Powell, an iconoclastic
screenwriter twice her age (and a Gentile ) and finds herself
acting more and more like Liz. Suddenly she's reassessing her
values, her surroundings, and everything she's ever believed about
the "right" kind of relationship. She begins dressing up in
outrageous outfits for midday trysts, while hiding the dirty
details from a newly modest Liz. Meanwhile, her interactions with
her father, with whom she's always been close, have become
increasingly strange. Is he distraught that she's dropped out of
school? Is he having his own (midlife) crisis? Or is heupset over
her mother's newfound independence, now that she's entered
menopause and discovered the joys of a book group? Something's
up...and Rachel's increasingly convinced it might be her father's
With Rachel's own relationship getting wilder and weirder and
her parents acting like teenagers, it seems that everyone in Cobble
Hill is going crazy. A fresh spin on Philip Roth's "Portnoy's
Complaint, My Old Man" is a sexy comedy about a dysfunctional
Brooklyn family coming apart at the seams.
Simon & Schuster
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