Arpan Jyoti Mahanta Jyoti Mahanta من عند Maidstone District, Kent, المملكة المتحدة
In 1940, Congress nixed a proposal that would have opened Alaska to European Jews. What if they hadn’t? Welcome to Michael Chabon’s Sitka: Yiddish flows fast, thick and rich; formerly Hasidic heroin addicts tie off with their tefillin; and the Jews’ lease is about to expire. This is a terrific detective story in its own right, but woven throughout are subtleties that work on your subconscious as you read. What is homeland? Do we need one? Who is “we”? The biggest question, though, lies in the anguished and oft-unheard cry of the secular Jew: Why does it always have to be about Israel?