The Fixer: A Novel by Bernard Malamud
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Malamud won both the National Book Award and the Pullitzer prize for this novel. Set in Kiev in 1911 during a period of heightened anti-Semitism, the novel tells the story of Yakov Bok, a Jewish handyman blamed for the brutal murder of a young Russian boy.
Malamud writes beautifully with enough detail to draw you in without becoming overwhelming. The story deals with some big issues ... injustice, meaningless, suffering. If you're looking for an uplifting read don't go here, but if you're looking for something to keep you thinking after you've finished, it's well worth it.
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