New from Simon & Schuster

A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory
Rebel Yell by S. C. Gwynne
Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
You Can't Make This Stuff Up by Theresa Caputo
My Old Man

My Old Man

From the New York Times bestselling author Amy Sohn, one of New York City's most provocative columnists, comes a hip, contemporary novel about sex, sin, and living in the same neighborhood as your parents.
When twenty-six-year-old Rachel Block started rabbinical school, she didn't think she'd be dropping out after a semester and a half. But when a sick man dies under her counseling, she realizes she's not cut out for the rabbinate. To make ends meet, she takes a job as a bartender in her Brooklyn neighborhood--much to her parents' chagrin. It's the quintessential quarter-life crisis, compounded by the fact that she's still living just blocks from her childhood home.
Then Rachel falls in love with Hank Powell, an iconoclastic screenwriter twice her age. Suddenly she's reassessing her values, her surroundings, and everything she's ever thought about the "right" kind of relationship. Meanwhile, her interactions with her father, with whom she's always been close, have become increasingly strange. Is he distraught that she's dropped out of school? Is he having his own, midlife, crisis? Something's up...and Rachel's increasingly convinced it might be her father's libido.
With Rachel's own relationship getting wilder and weirder and her parents acting like teenagers, it seems that everyone in Cobble Hill is going crazy. A fresh spin on Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint, My Old Man is a black comedy about a dysfunctional Brooklyn family coming apart at the seams.
Choose a format:
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743238298 | 
  • July 2005
Add to Cart
List Price $20.99
Usually ships within 1 business day

Video

Novelist Amy Sohn's tips for writers

Amy Sohn shares her insights about her biggest pet peeve, favorite TV show, and more.

Videos related to this book

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One: Bad Things

Why is this happening to me, Rabbi?" the dying man moaned from his bed.

"I'm not a rabbi yet," I said. "I have four more years to go."

"Well, that's soon enough," he said, "so tell me: What did I do to deserve this? Why does God want me to die before my time?"

His name was Neil Roth. He was a married father, thirty-nine years old, and he was dying of leukemia. I was in my second semester at the Rabbinic College of Reform Judaism, visiting him at Memorial Sloan-Kettering as part of my pastoral care internship, and Neil was the first patient on my list who'd been conscious.

When I saw that... see more

About the Author

Amy Sohn
Charles Miller

Amy Sohn

Amy Sohn is the author of the novels Prospect Park West, Motherland, Run Catch Kiss, and My Old Man. Her articles have appeared in New York, Harper’s Bazaar, Playboy, and The Nation. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.

BECOME A FAN

Explore

CONNECT WITH US

Get a FREE eBook
when you join our mailing list!