Home is where the literature is?

I read Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policeman’s Union (Fourth Estate, London 2007) which I’ve had on the reading pile since it came out. There are many elements that I perhaps don’t understand or see yet but the abiding reference is where Bina compares life to the cartoon characters running in the air whilst thinking that the ground is still beneath them.

Perhaps Chabon sees, as his lead character does, that home is what we make it. A mediation on post-colonial literature and the meaning or definition of home, the Yiddish Policeman’s Union is a noir novel that moves between its homes.

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