From the Publisher
Review by Jim Dwyer, Library Journal
So he, Cohen, writing with amazing energy but less like the twentysomething he is than a crotchety octogenarian on a month-long meth binge, has him, Laster, the virtuoso violinist, protege, financial supporter, and "performing monkey" for him, Schneidermann, the brilliant but obscure composer, supposed to perform the cadenza, launch instead into a 300-page verbal improvisational fusillade without so much as a single inhalation or rest beat (15 hours! So maybe I should read his short story collection, The Quorum, instead!), not so much a story as "talking, eulogizing, ranting, sermonizing" about his, Laster's, but more so his, Schneidermann's, life but more so a cultural/political/musical/religious/historical consideration of the entire 20th century and the end of classical culture from a Hungarian/German/Jewish/New York perspective. He, Cohen, will drive most readers away screaming "Oy! Too much is enough!" but they, the readers who stick around, will be delighted, if exhausted, which is why you, most public and academic librarians, should buy this, Cohen's, book, which might just become a cult classic.
About the Author
Joshua Cohen, born in 1980 in Southern New Jersey, is a novelist and writer of short stories. He is the author of one previous book of fiction: The Quorum (short fiction, 2005, Twisted Spoon Press). Having lived for four years in Prague, and worked as a journalist throughout Eastern Europe, Cohen now lives in New York City. His essays appear regularly in The Forward. His fiction is often engaged with Jewish culture, and questions received ideas concerning identity both national and religious.