"The book would have been more hard-hitting if Yirmi's story had been front and center."
In this latest from Yehoshua (A Woman in Jerusalem, 2006, etc.), an Israeli family's cohesiveness is endangered when one member, distraught over his son's death from friendly fire, sheds his Jewish identity.
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"Even woolier than earlier installments—two characters following a third suspected of adultery discuss the propriety of 'alright' versus 'all right,' and another regular's fall from an upper-story window is accompanied by a summary of notable Scottish defenestrations—but just as affecting in its slow-burning way."
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