A wondrous intergenerational story of queerness and Jewish folklore . . . Fruchter draws on folk tales both real and imagined to create a tender and unforgettable portrait of Jewish culture, faith, and community. This dazzling and hopeful novel is not to be missed.
With prose that is erudite and alive, this fantastic debut novel explores queer love, first heartbreak, the loss of parents, and the deeply human desire for ancestral connection.
A gorgeous and full-hearted exploration of inheritance, grief, desire, and connection . . . A sharply observed, tenderly complex, and wildly delightful debut by an original and impressive new voice.
City of Laughter has the sparkle and fire of something truly rare . . . chock full of wit and tenderness and an incredible amount of heart. One of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking books I've ever read.
Deeply ambitious, deeply fun, queer mythological storytelling at its finest. A powerful, profound, beautifully told and thought-provoking debut.
A rich, lyrical portrait of four generations of unruly longings, a multigenerational tale of seeking, of laughter, of the sacred hiding in plain sight. Every line is haunted by loving ghosts.
Richly imagined, painstakingly crafted, full of delights . . . pays homage to a glorious folkloric tradition.
Funny, beautifully crafted, rich with insight, and wildly gripping. The queer Jewish femme multi-generational family saga I didn't know I needed!
A bountiful, curious, huge-hearted celebration of desire and memory, illuminating the eternal, indestructible nature of queer inheritance and reminding us yet again that history is folklore and folklore is history.
An absolute pleasure, a thrilling journey that endlessly finds new ways to surprise and delight, challenge, and enthral. Very few debut novels are as ambitious as this; even fewer deliver on even their biggest promises so assuredly.