Tell Me How This Ends Well

Tell Me How This Ends Well Why is tonight different from all other nights Tonight we kill dad In American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti Semitic landscape at home Against this backdrop the Jacobson family gath

  • Title: Tell Me How This Ends Well
  • Author: David Samuel Levinson
  • ISBN: 9780451496898
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why is tonight different from all other nights Tonight we kill dad In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti Semitic landscape at home Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles But their immediate problems are personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, in various states ofWhy is tonight different from all other nights Tonight we kill dad In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti Semitic landscape at home Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles But their immediate problems are personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, in various states of crisis, the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is hastening their mother Roz s demise, and years of resentment boil over as they debate whether to go through with the real reason for their reunion an ill considered plot to end their father s iron rule for good That is, if they can put their bickering, grudges, festering relationships, and distrust of one another aside long enough to act.And God help them if their mother finds out .Tell Me How This Ends Well presents a blistering and prescient vision of the near future, turning the exploits of one very funny, very troubled family into a rare and compelling exploration of the state of America, and what it could become.

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    1. I'm a sucker for a novel about family dysfunction, but a novel about dysfunction that takes place during the Jewish holidays? Sign me up!It's 2022 and while there isn't quite dystopia, the world is in upheaval: Israel has been dissolved, and all Israeli citizens have been dispersed across the world. And to make matters worse, the U.S. is roiled by anti-Semitism, with random attacks and drive-by shootings harming Jews across the country.In the midst of this maelstrom, the Jacobson family is gathe [...]

    2. Maybe it's because it's December--Chanukah around the corner, my 38th wedding anniversary this month, the ten day get-a-way-from the mad Christmas season soon.but I had to re-read the the first 7% of this book: START OVERt upright in a chair with a pen and paper taking notes the second time around to find my heart to stay invested in reading this novel. I'm Jewish. I didn't want to give up on this book - yet I really felt lost BECAUSE MY MIND KEPT DRIFTING elsewhere. ( worries who knows?) I apol [...]

    3. I won this in a giveaway! (Thank you, Penguin Random House)And I'm so glad I did because "Tell Me How This Ends Well" by David Samuel Levinson is a complete and utter bombshell! It's part contemporary, part dystopian (takes place in the year, 2022), and part slapstick. The subject matter is dark, very dark but I must say, there were a lot of hysterical and over-the-top moments, but NOT in a campy and pretentious way. I've never had a novel make me belly laugh so much. Levinson is a delightfully [...]

    4. The prose is an arresting and densely packed mosh of highbrow and lowbrow that I found very appealing. The story itself hits that sweetspot-for-me of being simultaneously unbelievable and perfectly true-to-life--meaning, as I read I kept thinking both "that would never happen" and "wow, that's exactly what the world is like these days." I do agree with comparisons others have made with author Harold Jacobson, only because he is the closest I can think of to the uniquely dark/comic mix this novel [...]

    5. A more complete review is available on my blog:reviewsofbooksonmynightstand.bLevinson has written the most honest account of a dysfunctional family that I have read in a long time. The satire is perfect but there isn't so much humor that it allows the reader to gloss over the true drama of a family in crisis or the horrors of antisemitism and racism. The book is told with each sibling in mind at a time. The characters are really interesting. I keep trying to figure out if the family patriarch, J [...]

    6. Okay. Like, wow. Holy crap. How did he do that? This novel really is prescient and scarily so. I read somewhere that the author started writing this book in January, 2015, long before Trump was nominated. It's a nod to Levinson's imagination that he tapped into the zeitgeist and took the pulse of our broken country. And he did it in such a wonderful way through the Jacobsons, whom I love—Jacob, Edith, and Moses, the siblings, who plot the death of their hideous father. and Julian Jacobson is q [...]

    7. I would like to thank LibraryThing and Penguin Random House Publishers for the Advanced Reader’s Edition of “Tell Me How This Ends Well” by David Samuel Levinson. WOW!!The year is 2022,and the politics in the world seem dismal, horrendous and unspeakable. Anti-Semitism and terrorists attacks are more prevalent in the United States as well as the rest of the world. Israel has been divided, and doesn’t exist as we know it. The author starts with a fictional timeline that is worrisome and f [...]

    8. Both funny and eerily prescient, Tell me How This Ends Well is at first glance the story of the American Jewish family gone keflooey. Like all great family sagas, the characters convene for a meal--in this case a seder-- where more than the matzo goes awry as the three descendants of one utterly heinous patriarch dissemble and plot. Behind this is a brutal and anti-Semitic American and world landscape; Israel is no more. Jews are no longer safe anywhere, least of all the 101. The book begs many [...]

    9. It took me a little while to get going on this book but once I did I found it quite fascinating. The characters were interesting. It was also interesting how David made America in 2022 with relations to Jews. I can see this happening with our current administration. This story put the spotlight on how women will stay with their husband even though he is an evil person. It shows how children can be very protective of their mother and also how far someone would go to end the misery. I really enjoy [...]

    10. The year is 2022. In this barely-futuristic society, Jewish people are being persecuted the world over. As a group as well as individually, hateful acts and comments are being directed towards Jews everywhere. In the midst of this chaos, the Jacobson family is coming together to celebrate Passover. But in this highly dysfunctional family, this is anything but a happy reunion. Indeed, the three grown siblings are plotting the demise of their hated father, so that their mother’s last days on thi [...]

    11. I really didn't like this book. I thought it would be a story of siblings plotting to kill their father. That was a minor subplot. The book mainly stressed about Jews and antisemitism. Then there was a LOT of what each character was pondering in their minds. Mainly hating their father and being a Jew in America. I could care less how each character thought about each and everything past or present. Reading this was like walking through mud.

    12. I'm honestly between two and three stars on this one. If anyone other than a Jewish person had written this I would Throw Up, as I feel the world is already still grossly anti Semitic and the prospect of it being this bad in the near future is absolutely terrifying. That said, the main plot was clever and humorous but this family has Problems.

    13. In 2022 Los Angeles the Jacobson family is gathering for one last Passover. Their matriarch is dying and her three kids are planning for the Angel of Death to visit dear old dad. They just want mom's last days to be happy and peaceful."America First" resulted in allowing a military takeover of Israel by surrounding Arab countries. The Jews were forced out across the world. Germany has welcomed the Jews, perhaps as expiation for their past sins. America has seen a rise in Anti-Semitism and terror [...]

    14. Patricide on Passover.It’s 2022 in LA and the Jacobsons are gathering at eldest son Mo’s home on Von Trapp Drive for Passover, the celebration that marks Moses leading the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt. Jacob has flown in from Berlin with his German boyfriend Dietrich. Edith (aka Thistle) has arrived from Atlanta where she is an ethics professor. Parents, Julian and Roz, have travelled from their home in Texas. The three offspring despise their father’s sadistic bullying which has [...]

    15. In his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, David Samuel Levinson has created one of the most despicable characters I’ve encountered in a long time, Julian Jacobson. Whether he’s belittling one of his three adult children, tampering with his dying wife’s oxygen tank, or smashing his grandson’s fingers in the barbecue grill, you know it’s not the first or last of his transgressions. So I, the reader, sympathized totally when siblings Mo, Edith, and Jacob decide they’ve had enough and pl [...]

    16. I put down Jonathan Safran Foer's I Am Here to read this book. I'm not sure why. That's not a convoluted compliment for I Am Here; I didn't go back to it. I just mean the similarities are stark. Both are about Jewish families trying to figure out their relationships to each other and to Israel. In one, something bad is about to happen to the state of Israel, and in the other something bad has already happened to it.Coming back specifically to Levinson's book, I'm going to leave right away again [...]

    17. Moses, Jacob and Edith are siblings. Their parents are Rosayln and Julian. Rosalyn has received a fatal diagnosis. Odds on favorite is that she will pass away before her husband. Julian is an asshole. For as long as the kids can remember, he says hurtful, vindictive and hateful thing. If their Mom passes away first, who is going to take care of their Dad? None of them want to take him on. The solution they decide upon is to kill him.And so begins this very funny story. Each of the adult children [...]

    18. Thanks to LibraryThing for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.I loved this book; but of course I enjoy books about Jewish families. It was set in 2022 and saw some futuristic references which were funny, i.e Richard Nixon's granddaughter (probably) as President and Apple Paltrow as an actress and others which will probably happen in the future. There weren't any chapters in this book but divided into 4 sections told by the 2 sons, the eldest, Moses, the other son, Jacob, and [...]

    19. I'm a complete sucker for Jewish family stories and dysfunctional family coming together for holiday stories but this really wasn't for me. It took me 150 pages to get into Levinson's tangenital storytelling style and then the nature of the story (three siblings coming together to murder their abusive father so their dying mother can enjoy her last few months) was too bleak for me. It's satire but I rarely found it funny and it just felt bloated and over-written. The siblings were well rendered [...]

    20. I received this as an ARC from LibraryThing. I wanted to like it. I really did, but the long never-ending chapters, and whiny characters did not help the cause. The first chapter was over 100 pages long with no breaks. That alone would not have put me off, but I just couldn't relate to the characters. The vulgarness in talking about their sex lives was off-putting as well.

    21. Tell Me How This Ends Well by David Samuel Levinson is a highly recommended novel featuring black humor, a dysfunctional family, and an anti-Semitic America.It's 2022 and the Jacobson family is gathering for Passover in Los Angeles. Jacobson siblings Mo, Edith, and Jacob are also plotting to kill their father, the despicable, abusive Julian who has made their lives and their mother Roz's life miserable. Now Roz only has a few months left to live and the siblings are sure Julian is trying to hurr [...]

    22. I rated this 4 stars, but only if you are Jewish. Too many inside jokes to be of general interest. And further, I tried to abandon it at 29%, but was without wifi to load anything else, so stuck with it and by 51% I couldn't quit it. So be warned, it takes an intrepid reader.

    23. Wow is one word to describe this book.Set just 5 years from now (April 2022), Tell Me How This Ends Well tells the story of the Jacobson family, a jewish family living in an America that is slowly turning into a Nazi Germany-lite. They aren't being dragged off to camps but they are dealing with an increase in attacks against them from suicide bombers (yes, in the US) to have slurs written on their homes to discrimination in a number of ways. The family is gathering for Passover, the first time t [...]

    24. First let me say thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for giving me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Check out my blog for lots of great reviews and content!BookItForward.BlogWho would have thought that a book about three siblings getting together to murder their father would be so humorous and entertaining? There probably has never been a book written like this before, or at least one quite so entertaining. From the very beginning I was extremely invested in [...]

    25. I struggled not to DNF this book but I received a copy to review and I wanted to be thorough so I read through the whole thing but honestly, after page 200, I was skim-reading, searching in vain for the good parts.It's 2022 and the only thing that's different is that history is repeating itself. iPhones still work the same, traffic has only gotten worse, people still watch Bravo reality shows. Oh, and when kids (no matter what age) can't get their own way, they plot their parents' demise.That's [...]

    26. Thanks to LibraryThing for the opportunity to read and review this book.I contemplated giving up during the first section, told from Jacob's point of view. He was hard to take. Of course, I didn't much care for Edith after a bit either, but the change kept me going. Moses was the most pleasant, and by that far there was no going back. The mother, Roz, was a dear. Diet was a little hard to like at first but that was really Jacob's fault, he turned out to be a great guy. The father was the only pe [...]

    27. It is the year 2022, and American society is plagued with hatred for the Jews, instilling fear into every American Jew. Not only that, but the three Jewish Jacobson kids, Mo, Edith and Jacob, now adults, are worried about their dying mother. She has only a short time remaining to live, and they want to give her something precious that she has not experienced in her adult life: freedom from her tyrannical and abusive husband, their hateful father. They meet for a Passover celebration at Mo’s el [...]

    28. Raised by a father with no conscience, a mother afraid to speak for them and the events of the world filtered in the Jacobson children grew up with stoicism, hatred of their father and the will to do something – anything – to lose his influence. Despite that, they each in their own way reflect him. Moses (Mo) the actor with a tribe of boys (5) and failing marriage and a house to show off. Edith (Eddie), the ethics professor and lecturer with one failed marriage and one incident which will ca [...]

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