The Resource The Yiddish policemen's union : a novel, Michael Chabon

The Yiddish policemen's union : a novel, Michael Chabon

Label
The Yiddish policemen's union : a novel
Title
The Yiddish policemen's union
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Michael Chabon
Title variation
  • Yiddish Policeman's Union
  • Yiddish Policemens Union
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In a world in which Alaska, rather than Israel, has become the homeland for the Jews following World War II, Detective Meyer Landsman and his half-Tlingit partner Berko investigate the death of a heroin-addled chess prodigy
  • For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal Distric of Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking 1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful, and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone, neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control, and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and carry them off into the unknown. But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can't catch a break in any of their outstanding cases. Landsman's new supervisor is the love of his life - and also his worst nightmare. And in the cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder - right under Landsman's nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage - and with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who understands his darkest fears. At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen's Union is a novel only Michael Chabon could have written. -- From dust jacket
Summary
In a world in which Alaska, rather than Israel, has become the homeland for the Jews following World War II, Detective Meyer Landsman and his half-Tlingit partner Berko investigate the death of a heroin-addicted chess prodigy
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2007.
  • Hugo Award for Best Novel, 2008.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2007.
  • Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel, 2008.
  • Nebula Award for Best Novel, 2007.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2007
  • Sidewise Awards for Alternate History, 2007.
Awards note
  • Hugo Award for Best Novel, 2008.
  • Nebula Award for Best Novel, 2007.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
141632
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chabon, Michael
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
Grades 9-12
LC call number
PS3553.H15
LC item number
Y54 2007
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
000123751
Reading level
6.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Jews
  • Alaska
  • Murder
  • Alaska
  • Jews
  • Murder
  • Alaska
Target audience
adult
Label
The Yiddish policemen's union : a novel, Michael Chabon
Instantiates
Publication
Note
A murder mystery set in the imaginary Jewish homeland that is Alaska
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm73140283
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
414 pages
Isbn
9780007149834
Lccn
2006049751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)73140283
Label
The Yiddish policemen's union : a novel, Michael Chabon
Publication
Note
A murder mystery set in the imaginary Jewish homeland that is Alaska
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm73140283
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
414 pages
Isbn
9780007149834
Lccn
2006049751
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)73140283

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