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A Novel

Thirty years after From Rockaway (“A great first novel” —Harper’s Bazaar), Jill Eisenstadt returns with a darkly funny new work of fiction that exposes a city and a family at their most vulnerable.

When Sue Glassman’s family needs a new home, Sue relents, after years of resisting, and agrees to convert to Judaism. In return, Sue’s father-in-law, Sy, buys the family–Sue, Dan, and their two daughters–a capacious but ramshackle beachfront house in Rockaway, Queens, a world away from the Glassmans’ cramped Tribeca apartment. The catch? Sy is moving in, too. And the house is haunted.
On the weekend of Sue’s conversion party, ninety-year-old Rose, who (literally) got away with murder on the premises years earlier, shows up uninvited. Towing a suitcase-sized pocketbook, having escaped an assisted living facility in Forest Hills, Rose seems intent on moving back in. Enter neighbor Tim–formerly Timmy (see From Rockaway), a former lifeguard, former firefighter, and reformed alcoholic–who feels, for reasons even he can’t explain, inordinately protective of the Glassmans.
The collective nervous breakdown occasioned by Rose’s return swells to operatic heights in a novel that charms and surprises on every page as it unflinchingly addresses the perils of living in a world rife with uncertainty.
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Genre: Fiction / Fiction / Contemporary Women

On Sale: June 5th 2018

Price: $15.99 / $20.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 272

ISBN-13: 9780316316880

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"Eisenstadt's detailed and eclectic novel takes readers to a dilapidated oceanfront house full of secrets, ghosts, and an old woman's cast-off tchotchkes....In this touching portrait of ordinary people grappling with the aftershocks of 9/11--memorials, uncertainty, death, and a new life--the emotional upheaval of a national tragedy leaves no one unaffected."
Publishers Weekly
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"Swell combines comedy and tragedy, chaos and a longing for order."—Hillel Italie, Associated Press
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"With tremendous tenderness, Eisenstadt captures the traumatized Rockaway of the early 2000s in swirling Technicolor....A whimsical portrait of a still-raw community."
Kirkus Reviews
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"In her new novel, Swell, Jill Eisenstadt comes back to Rockaway, and this visit revolves around historical events of recent decades....Swell is anchored in real understanding of the people of Rockaway, what they went through in those years and their recourse to black humor."—Newsday
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"Moving, dark, and funny."—David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy
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"With a pitch-perfect narrative voice and plenty of humor, Eisenstadt captures the lives of her Mets-loving and Yankee-hating characters in vivid detail."—Booklist
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"Mordantly funny."
Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
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"Comic, dark...layered with ghosts and guilt and demons. It plays with our notions of heroes and heroism, and jabs at our one-dimensional instinct to deify in the face of tragedy."—Casey Barrett, Village Voice
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