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The Yiddish Policemen's Union

A Novel

by Michael Chabon

The Yiddish Policemen's Union
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  • First Published:
    May 2007, 432 pages
    Paperback:
    Apr 2008, 464 pages

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At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption

In 1938 a proposal was put to Roosevelt that part of Alaska should be offered as a safe haven to Jews fleeing the Nazis, but the proposal was quashed (see sidebar). Chabon's genre-melding alternate history-police procedural is set in a present in which the Alaskan proposal was resurrected in 1948 following the collapse of the fledgling State of Israel. Sixty years later, the Federal District of Sitka is a thriving community of more than 2 million Jews living on the Alaskan panhandle (map), but they're about to find themselves homeless again, as the land was only leased as a temporary safe haven, and when the lease ends in two months the land will revert back to Alaska.

Meyer Landsman is a weary, hard-drinking homicide detective working ...

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