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Moving Kings

Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen
Jul 11, 2017 | 256 Pages
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“A Jewish Sopranos . . . burly with particularities and vibrant with voice . . . utterly engrossing, full of passionate sympathy . . . [Moving Kings] is a book of brilliant sentences, brilliant paragraphs, brilliant chapters. . . . There’s not a page without some vital charge—a flash of metaphor, an idiomatic originality, a bastard neologism born of nothing. . . . Cohen is an extraordinary prose stylist, surely one of the most prodigious in American fiction today. . . . His sentences are all-season journeyers, able to do everything everywhere at once. . . . A crystalline novelist with a journalistic openness to the world.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

Moving Kings is brilliant. . . . It opens as a comic portrait of a midlife crisis, but concludes as a somber cautionary tale frothing with cataclysms, including fire and gunplay. It starts tucked deep into a subculture—in this case the peculiarities of running a New York City–area moving company—but expands to consume whole swaths of race and religion. It comes on as unassuming yet stylish, but circles around tricky questions of occupation and power in the U.S. and Israel. And yet none of it feels messy or overreaching—indeed, it feels master-planned to slowly unsettle your convictions, as the best novels do. . . . [Joshua] Cohen has a brain-on-fire intellect and a Balzac-grade enthusiasm for understanding varieties of experience.”Los Angeles Times
“An astute and often penetrating look at a divided world, lightened with sympathy for all its flawed protagonists.”The Guardian

“A svelte comic triumph that concentrates [Cohen’s] genius . . . a fantastically agile style . . . Cohen explores themes of power and Jewish identity with the same insight that has justly attracted praise from some of the country’s most sophisticated writers.”The Washington Post

Joshua Cohen has become one of America’s top young novelists. . . . His new novel, Moving Kings, is the tale of a modern-day King David. . . . Cohen’s writing is filled with sharp turns of phrase and elegant rhythms. . . . The denouement is as vengeful as any Old Testament plot twist.”Time
Moving Kings is a swift, darkly funny, surprising—and brilliant—novel. . . . [Cohen] manages to bring together a treatment of 50 years of the Palestinian occupation with a story about American gentrification.”Vice
“Cohen stuns, he dazzles, he defies. . . . His talent . . . is a youthful one, bursting with ambition.”Bomb

“A novel with tremendous moral and political depths.”The Guardian
“Snappy, heartfelt, vivid, and often note-perfect in its depiction of displacement, aging, and the compromises of being part of an occupying force.”—Karan Mahajan

“This lively story of the fraught ties that bind an American, Republican Jew and his Israeli family makes another strong case for Cohen’s admission into the ranks of the Great American Novelists.”Esquire

“A swift-moving highbrow comic adventure.”Vulture

“Joshua Cohen’s Moving Kings is a lit fuse, a force let loose, a creeping flame heading for demolition, and Cohen himself is a fierce polyknower in command of the moving parts of the human predicament. A master of argot and wit, he writes the language of men in a staccato yet keening idiom of his own invention.”—Cynthia Ozick

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