a new novel by Michael Robert Wolf
Set in present day Brooklyn and Manhattan—with historic monuments and institutions as background characters — The Linotype Operator is the story of Orthodox Jewish former Linotype operator David Kaplan and his two daughters. Dutiful and religiously observant Naomi is forty-eight, single, and lives with her father in Brooklyn. Her “prettier” younger sister Lisa is married, has two young children, and lives in the suburban community of Englewood, New Jersey.After meeting a handsome non-Jewish man at the Macy’s housewares department where she works, Naomi’s periodic daydreams begin to get the best of her—setting in motion a collision of worlds that can scarcely be contained in either Brooklyn or Manhattan. Sprinkled with wry humor, and including a cast of unusual supporting characters, The Linotype Operator gives the reader a deeply poignant look into parallel New York worlds and lives.
“I don’t know if Michael Robert Wolf’s The Linotype Operator is a great novel or a good novel, but I do know that this unassuming story of a devout Brooklyn Jew and his not-so-wayward daughter enchanted me in a way I’ve been enchanted by only a handful of stories over the past ten years. When I finished it, I wanted to read it all over again.”
author of #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah selection The Deep End of the Ocean
“Michael Robert Wolf, in his novel The Linotype Operator, immerses us in a world to which most of us otherwise would not have access, the world of a father and daughter who devoutly adhere to the Jewish Orthodox tradition. There is corruption, intrigue and murder in the Big Apple. Also, filial devotion, sibling rivalry and one family torn by dysfunction, striving for reconciliation. And saga of biblical proportions, complete with sparring religious beliefs, the struggles of Tradition to survive and flourish in today’s bewildering world and a sage-like quest toward revelation. We are entirely drawn in to the minds, hearts and souls of Wolf’s characters as they cast off their demons and strive to attain their dreams. What a journey. Don’t miss it!”
Sherri Felt Dratfield
author of The City and Water Vigils
$21.95, paper, 290 pages