Jacobs Ladder

by Joel Yanofsky

Porcupine's Quill | October 15, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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Our protagonist here is Jacob, an anglophone Montrealer immersed in a complicated loneliness of the soul. He is surrounded by empty friendships, unrequited passions, undue antagonisms, and even a fatal attraction. There is deft observation and much emotion. This may all sound excessively cluttered, but Yanofsky's prose is capable of handling the action.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.7 × 5.57 × 0.67 in

Published: October 15, 1997

Publisher: Porcupine's Quill

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0889841918

ISBN - 13: 9780889841918

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Jacobs Ladder

Jacobs Ladder

by Joel Yanofsky

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8.7 × 5.57 × 0.67 in

Published: October 15, 1997

Publisher: Porcupine's Quill

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0889841918

ISBN - 13: 9780889841918

About the Book

Our protagonist here is Jacob, an anglophone Montrealer immersed in a complicated loneliness of the soul. He is surrounded by empty friendships, unrequited passions, undue antagonisms, and even a fatal attraction. There is deft observation and much emotion. This may all sound excessively cluttered, but Yanofsky's prose is capable of handling the action.

From the Publisher

Our protagonist here is Jacob, an anglophone Montrealer immersed in a complicated loneliness of the soul. He is surrounded by empty friendships, unrequited passions, undue antagonisms, and even a fatal attraction. There is deft observation and much emotion. This may all sound excessively cluttered, but Yanofsky's prose is capable of handling the action.

About the Author

Joel Yanofsky's first collection of stories, Homo Erectus ... And Other Popular Tales of True Romance was published by Nuage Editions in 1996. He teaches journalism at Concordia University. Yanofsky's reviews and articles have appeared in The Village Voice, Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and The Montreal Gazette, among others.

From Our Editors

The romantic comedy of Jacob's Ladder is set in Quebec in 1995. Jacob Glassman is a defender of the status quo and threatened by the referendum talk going on around him. We watch him deal with religious fanatics, jealous lovers, a newspaper editor under-going a sex change, and a real-estate agent trying to sell his house without his permission. Is it reality or only Jacob's twisted version of it?

Editorial Reviews

A romantic comedy written with the authenticity of a memoir, Jacob's Ladder is entertaining and intelligent. Full of wit, slapstick and heart, it conjures up the great screwball comedies of the 1940s. Joel Yanofsky writes about a community he knows intimately -- anglophone Montréal -- a community which has, over the years, both changed dramatically and dramatically resisted change.

The same is true of Yanofsky's narrator, Jacob Glassman, a thirtysomething Oliver Twist stuck in the suburban home he grew up in and clinging to the status quo for dear life. Not easy to do for a man who is pursuing two women at the same time and who is caught up in a shifting series of love triangles. When it comes to craziness, Jacob points out, there's an awfully wide margin for error. In Jacob's Ladder, that margin is stretched to the limit by a cast of hilarious, haywire characters: rogue real estate agents, sentimental adulterers, an obese shrink, an agoraphobic travel agent, a transsexual newspaper editor, and a proselytzing rabbinical student with his sights set on Jacob's bewildered soul.



`Our protagonist here is Jacob, an anglophone Montrealer immersed in a complicated loneliness of the soul. He is surrounded by empty friendships, unrequited passions, undue antagonisms, and even a fatal attraction. There is deft observation and much emotion. This may all sound excessively cluttered, but Yanofsky's prose is capable of handling the action.'