Jacob's Folly: A Novel

Jacob's Folly: A Novel

by Rebecca Miller
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Jacob's Folly: A Novel by Rebecca Miller

A luminous novel—funny and moving in equal measure—that shines with the author’s unique talents

Jacob’s Folly is a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book that takes on desire, faith, love, acting—and reincarnation.

     The novel brims with sparkling, unexpected characters: Jacob, a Jewish peddler living in eighteenth-century France; Leslie and Deirdre Senzatimore, a settled American couple; Masha, an alluring young Ultra-Orthodox Jew, who is also gravely ill. In Rebecca Miller’s self-assured second novel, these four individuals will find their fates intertwined when Jacob is reincarnated as a fly in contemporary Long Island.

     Miller’s quirky humor and acute, original intelligence animate a wonderfully memorable protagonist. Through the unique lens of Jacob’s consciousness, she explores transformation in all its different guises—personal, spiritual, literal. As she considers the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, and the collision of fate and free will, Miller’s world—which is our own, transfigured by her clear gaze and by her sharp, surprising wit—comes to life. Leslie’s desire to act as hero and rescuer; Jacob’s disastrous marriage to the childlike Hodle and his obsession with Masha—Miller sketches her characters’ interior lives with compassion, subtlety, and an exceptionally light touch. Jacob’s Folly is wildly inventive and ultimately moving; it will leave the reader, no less than its characters, transformed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374178543
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Miller is the author of the short-story collection Personal Velocity, her feature-film adaptation of which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (FSG, 2008), which she also adapted for the screen. She lives in New York and Ireland with her family.

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Jacob's Folly: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting book--many twists and turns that were unexpected. We just had a book club review this book. We all felt that the character Leslie was not believable and did not come through very well. But Jacob was very interesting. We liked his adventures and couldn't wait to find out how it all came together!!
Luckydogstudio More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca Miller's newest book. Fun read to sink into and escape reality!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story might be very interesting to someone with more knowledge of Hasidic Judism than I have. It is situated from a fly's eye view (literally) of what was going on during the past and the present time. The fly is an angel who has come back as a fly to watch over the currant star of the story. So it's plot is unusual. It is slower in pace than I personally prefer. But all in all, I would rate it as a three star work.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started interesting enough, but turned meh, to less than meh by the end....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Fran Johnson More than 1 year ago
Amateurish with a bad ending that answered nothing.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay i need u to get him in 10 mins or when i get u