From the author of the Richard and Judy best seller The Private Lives of Pippa Lee comes a brilliantly original novel about desire, faith, love, acting - and reincarnation. In 18th-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler of knives, saltcellars, and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can.
More than 200 years later, Jacob is amazed to find himself reincarnated as a ﬂy in the Long Island suburbs of 21st-century America, his new life twisted in ways he could never have imagined. But even the tiniest of insects can influence the turning of the world, and thanks to his arrival, the lives of a reliable volunteer fireman and a young Orthodox Jewish woman nursing a secret ambition will never be the same.
Through her wonderfully memorable protagonist, Rebecca Miller considers the hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, and the collision of fate and free will. InJacob's Folly, Miller's world - which is our own, transfigured by her clear gaze and by her sharp, surprising wit - comes spectacularly to life.
"Hugely ambitious, wildly imaginative... remarkably entertaining and ultimately gripping." (Kirkus)
"Rebecca Miller is a luminous writer." (Observer)
"Miller's prose is tight and compelling; it moves in its own fast rhythm, richly packed with images that slice open the text... revealing the dark waters beneath" (The Times)
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Well written but not my cup of tea
Oh for heavens sake. This is STILL a stupid question. Who ranks books in order???
Oh I give up. I'm not reviewing any more. I can't cope with these questions.