The Mystics of Mile End

The Mystics of Mile End

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"The Meyer family lives in Mile End, home to a mashup of hipsters and Hasidic Jews, where down the street crazy Mr. Katz is building a tree out of plucked leaves, toilet paper rolls, and dental floss. When David, a skeptical professor of religion, is diagnosed with an unusual heart murmur, he becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. But when David's frenzied attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara, who abruptly abandoned religion years earlier, believes it is up to her to finish what she started. As Samara's brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour, it falls to next-door neighbour and Holocaust survivor Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family. But can he break through to them in time? Long-held family secrets square off against faith and secularity in this remarkable debut novel, written with extraordinary heart and intelligence."-- Amazon.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2015.
ISBN: 9780062412171
0062412175
Characteristics: 294, 16 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

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eferry Jan 09, 2016

This story focuses on a family whose ties to religion and academia bind them together and pull them apart. The father, son, and daughter all have complicated relationships to their Jewish heritage, which, over the years narrated in the novel, wax and wane and lead to both tragedy and hope.

Kim__M Jul 14, 2015

I recently finished this book, having hoped for the insight ,wit and cynicism of a Mordecai Richler, whose writing I sorely miss. This book did not deliver in that respect, and perhaps my expectations were unfair. I did enjoy the attempt at magical realism, though not nearly as much as I did in One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez who is a master. The characters in "Mystics..." were interesting but I found myself becoming frustrated with their some of their actions and decisions. All in all the reading experience wasn't what I had hoped but I'm always in search of new Canadian authors so it was worth the time to investigate. (I really liked Linda Little's Scotch River, a book set in small town NS.)

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