In the summer of 1979, 21-year-old Felix Roth arrives in
Manhattan, sent by the Roth family to look after his older brother
who is threatening to disappear into a Hasidic sect. But Felix has
a plan of his own - to meet the great Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis
Singer and show him his one finished short story.
Felix's quest takes an unexpected turn when he falls for
Singer's niece, the beautiful and headstrong Hadassah. But his
pursuit of Singer and Hadassah is complicated by the presence of
Alice, Felix's demanding lover and the wife of his boss; by a
brilliant but possibly deranged scholar; by a stint writing
erotica; and by the New York police.
Will Felix show his story to Isaac Bashevis Singer? Will he lose
his brother? Will he win Hadassah's affection? Felix Roth
is a rollicking trip into high art - and even higher passions.
"A richly satisfying, over-the-top account of a young writer's
trip to New York City, Cary Fagan's book is a blast from start to
"Here is a touching, vivid, intelligent novel, which is always
funny but never crude, and which can, by turns, move readers to
tears, dash their illusions, and also give them hope."
- National Post
"Fagan's novel raises important questions about the tradition of
Jewish writing and the future it might have ... a provocative
statement about the impossibility of being authentic."
- The Globe and Mail