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Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander
In Hope: A Tragedy, Solomon Kugel decides to move his family from the noise and danger of the city to a farmhouse in upstate New York. This includes his mother, a woman who incorrectly believes she is a Holocaust survivor. She also believes she can grow melons overnight, unaware that Solomon is placing grocery store produce in her garden every morning. Solomon's new farmhouse has an unexpected occupant. Up in his attic, he finds an old woman who claims to be Anne Frank, and she's working on her memoir. Then there's a local arsonist whose favorite targets are old farmhouses. Shalom Auslander's debut novel has received mostly positive reviews with BookPage saying, "There are echoes of Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth and even Franz Kafka in this wildly original novel. And yet with Hope: A Tragedy, Auslander has created a story that's uniquely his, with something in it to offend, enlighten and ultimately touch just about anyone."