A Brilliant Novel in the Works by Yuvi Zalkow | Book Discussion

“A Brilliant Novel in the Works” edition, is an exploration of Yuvi Zalkow’s “A Brilliant Novel in the Works”, an almost semi-autobiographic piece about a man struggling to write a novel. Host Jason Squamata talks about the book on the levels of craft, theme, and character. Joining Jason with the breakdown are co-hosts Doug Dean, Pat Janowski, and Mark Savage. It’s Book Circle Online’s “A Brilliant Novel in the Works” podcast!

About “A Brilliant Novel in the Works”:

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When Yuvi’s wife finds him in his underwear, standing on top of his desk, she isn’t terribly impressed with him and his writing habits.

But Yuvi worries. He has a wife who wants things he can’t give, an editor who wants a book he can’t deliver, a brother-in-law with a gut disease that he can’t fix, and dead parents who stubbornly remain dead.

As the structure of Yuvi’s novel falls apart, so does his life. His novel and his life blend together as he struggles to pull out of the mess. He revisits the fragments of his unreconciled past and his pantsless present, traveling from his suburban Jewish home in Atlanta to the North Carolina mountains of his father’s childhood, to several hospital waiting rooms, to the living room of a grieving Palestinian man.

Heartbreaking and hilarious, A Brilliant Novel in the Works is the utterly original debut novel from Yuvi Zalkow.

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