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A Blessing on the Moon

Fiction: Historical Fiction
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/07/2010

An AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

A Blessing on the Moon

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615735327
Digital Download ISBN:9781615735334


Joseph Skibell’s magical tale about the Holocaust—a fable inspired by fact—received unanimous nationwide acclaim when first published in 1997. It’s now available for the first time on audio.

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Product Description

At the center of A Blessing on the Moon is Chaim Skibelski. Death is merely the beginning of Chaim’s troubles. In the opening pages, he is shot along with the other Jews of his small Polish village. But instead of resting peacefully in the World to Come, Chaim, for reasons unclear to him, is left to wander the earth, accompanied by his rabbi, who has taken the form of a talking crow. Chaim’s afterlife journey is filled with extraordinary encounters whose consequences are far greater than he realizes.

Not since Art Spiegelman’s Maus has a work so powerfully evoked one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century with such daring originality.


“The considerable talents of author Joseph Skibell and narrator Allen Lewis Rickman join to deliver a captivating Holocaust story that is as magical and joyous as it is tragic and heartrending. . . . an utterly engrossing story that, like Chaim’s odyssey, cannot be abandoned.”
      —AudioFile (Earphones Award)

“Allen Lewis Rickman brilliantly narrates Skibell’s debut novel, a macabre tale first published in 1997 to rave reviews and newly available on audio. His tone of determined cheerfulness creates the mood of a Yiddish folktale.”
      —Library Journal (starred review and a Wyatt’s World “Best Bets” selection)

“Brilliant ... Astonishing.”
      —The Boston Globe

“Startlingly original. . . .  Recalls the dark, hallucinatory world of Jerzy Kosinski’s The Painted Bird while at the same time surpassing it.”
      —The Washington Post

“As mesmerizing as a folk tale, as rich as gold itself.”
      —The Denver Post

“A compelling tour de force, a surreal but thoroughly accessible page-turner.”
      —Houston Chronicle

“As magical as it is macabre.”
      —The New Yorker

Author Bio

JOSEPH SKIBELL has received a Halls Fiction Fellowship, a Michener Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, among other awards. He teaches at Emory University and is the director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.

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