Pub Date 19 Nov 2019
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Former Little League champion Kimitake ‘Clyde’ Koba finds strength in the belief that he is the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe as he struggles to escape the ghost of his brother and his alcoholic father.
Born on Yom Kippur, teen prodigy Raphael Dweck has been told his whole life that he has a special purpose in God’s plan. The only problem is, he can’t shake off his doubts, his urges, or the trail of trouble and ruin that follow in his wake.
A decade later, Raphael and ‘Marilyn’ find each other wandering the plastic-bright streets of Hollywood and set out to make a documentary about the transmigration of souls. But when the roleplaying goes too far, they find themselves past the point of no return in their quest to prove who and what they are to their families, God, the world, and themselves.
Japan and Israel collide in the City of Angels in this explosive psychological novel about faith, idol worship, and the search for identity by the author of Jerusalem Ablaze, Stories of Love and Other Obsessions.
A Note From the Publisher
"Ortega-Medina's graphic prose is vivid...[his] deft construction of this complex plot reflects his experience in creating short stories..." -Kirkus Reviews
"...[Beautiful, in-depth characters and compelling storytelling" -Times Literary Supplement, Summer Books Issue 2019
"Ortega-Medina brings a convincing, passionate story of lives and dependencies, switching style and focus throughout to keep a sense of pace and engagement till the last page" -GScene Magazine
"...[N]ecessary, heartfelt, thought-provoking and sublimely perfect... Oh, yes. I did say perfect" - Raven Crime Reads
"[B]eautifully wrought, deeply unnerving...Ortega-Medina holds a mirror up to our darkest thoughts and urges - while showing the oneness of the human condition" –The Irish News
“[Ortega-Medina] is at his best at his most explosive – when he lets his sensationalist side loose... I felt the emergence of an exciting, original talent.” –Maureen Kendler, Jewish Renaissance
Major publicity campaign in October/November 2019; will include a launch event on 23 November 2019 at Skylight Books in Los Angeles, as well as public events, readings, and signings in New York and Miami.