Today is a big day: the publication date for Fig Tree's very first book, Alan Cheuse's novel Prayers for the Living. Featuring a fabulous foreword by Tova Mirvis, the book has received advance praise calling it a "powerful saga of a rabbi turned businessman's rise and fall" (Shelf Awareness) that is "replete with beauty and heartbreak" (Foreword Reviews).
Please join us in celebrating this occasion. Maybe wish the author a Happy Book Birthday (or Mazal Tov!) on Twitter (he is@ACheuse). Or read those wonderful reviews that are coming in.
You might also plan to see Alan at one of his upcoming events. This week, you will find him at BookCourt in Brooklyn on Thursday and at Politics & Prose in Washington on Saturday (details are available on our Events page). And you can always "visit" with Alan from the comfort of your computer screen in this recent reading and conversation with Rabbi Dan Ain.
Of course, you can also just go right ahead and buy the book. (As you can see, it's on bookstore shelves!) It's available in both print and e-book formats. Something for everyone!
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—Erika Dreifus, Media Editor
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Mark Your Calendars!
As noted above, now that Alan Cheuse's Prayers for the Living has been published, Alan will be reading from and signing the book at events across the country. And soon enough, Jonathan Papernick (The Book of Stone) and Jessamyn Hope (Safekeeping) will be following in Alan's august footsteps and doing the same.
To help track all of these appearances, we've created an "Events" page on the Fig Tree Books website. (Bonus: We'll be announcing—and archiving—radio and podcast interviews on this page, too.) Please go take a look, and check back frequently for updates.
Goodreads Reviews and Giveaway Alerts
We love hearing what readers think of our books. We're finding lots of terrific feedback over on Goodreads, where we've been offering giveaways of advance reading copies of each title. Here are excerpts from just a few of the reviews the books have received so far:
"Thanks to Papernick's commanding prose and deep knowledge of Jewish thought, I was immediately sucked into the clever and enthralling plot centered around Matthew Stone, whose complicated psychology lies firmly outside the DSM, and whose character is one I will never forget. Could not put this novel down."—Sara
"Safekeeping is a gem of a novel—a big, multi-faceted gem. Hope deftly weaves together the stories of six major characters from very different backgrounds....As different as they appeared to be from each other, I found myself identifying with each character on so many levels. When they meet their destinies at the end, it took my breath away."—Anna
"This book is now being passed among my family and everyone who reads it loves it. I highly recommend."—Barbara
Let's keep those reviews coming! In fact, this month we're delighted to offer Goodreads giveaways of three titles. Enter to win any (or all) of them.
Compulsion by Meyer Levin, with a foreword by Marcia Clark and an introduction by Gabriel Levin
Good luck to all! And if you do win a copy, please share your thoughts. We appreciate reviews on Goodreads, on Amazon, and anywhere else readers talk about books. Thank you!
Who knows? Maybe we'll quote you in a future newsletter!
A Reminder Re: the FTB Blog
Miss us between newsletters? Check in with our blog! Recently noted there: a new review of Anne Roiphe's Lovingkindness by Kathe Pinchuk. We also have a habit of sharing on our blog an assortment of online discoveries relating to American Jewish Experience (AJE), broadly defined. And you never know when you'll catch a fresh dispatch from FTB HQ—like this one about resources for book clubs and groups. Please come visit—FigTreeBooks.net/blog—and comment! We'll look forward to seeing you there.
Coming Next Month
If it seems that we're having a busy March, just wait until we catch up with you again in next month's newsletter. To begin, we'll be celebrating the April 14 release of our second title, a re-issue of Compulsion, Meyer Levin's classic re-telling of the infamous Leopold & Loeb case.
As focused as we are on the four books we're bringing to you this spring, we've also been busy preparing for the fall. In the next newsletter, you can expect to be introduced to our Fall 2015 titles. We are eager to tell you about them!
In the meantime, we at Fig Tree Books wish everyone a very happy and meaningful Passover. Chag Pesach Sameach!