Mazeltov

A Novel

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Pub Date Feb 11 2025 | Archive Date Mar 14 2025
Henry Holt & Company | Henry Holt and Co.

Description

In a glorious debut, a thirteen-year-old boy confronts queer lust, shame, the threat of wars and the plague of family on the day he becomes a man

At a banquet hall in Israel, at the onset of war, Adam Weizmann’s bar mitzvah party turns into a glorious catastrophe. On the cusp of manhood—and the verge of a nervous breakdown—Adam braces for his special day mired in family neuroses and national dysfunction.

In a chorus of voices, a fractious cast of well-wishers narrates Adam’s coming of age: his newly devout father, with a past of mystic rituals he practiced on his son; his best friend Abbie, who points the way to joyful transgression; Khahlil, a Palestinian poet, who offers a glimpse of a different way to be; and Adam himself, filled with shame and desire as he faces the brokenness of his world.

At once tender and lustful, a work of scathing satire and piercing insight, Mazeltov is a wholly original vision of a young man’s quest to know his own heart.

In a glorious debut, a thirteen-year-old boy confronts queer lust, shame, the threat of wars and the plague of family on the day he becomes a man

At a banquet hall in Israel, at the onset of war, Adam...


Advance Praise

"A sweet, sly, mournful, and horny coming of age, written with heart-on-the-sleeve and politics in the pants. Mazeltov's passionately talented author has more than earned his title's congratulations and his readers' acclaim."

—Joshua Cohen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Netanyahus

"A sweet, sly, mournful, and horny coming of age, written with heart-on-the-sleeve and politics in the pants. Mazeltov's passionately talented author has more than earned his title's congratulations...


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ISBN 9781250345271
PRICE $26.99 (USD)
PAGES 208

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