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What To Do About The Solomons

Fiction: Mystery
Unabridged   6.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/04/2017

Short Listed for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize

What To Do About The Solomons

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686417
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686424


From a remarkable new voice in fiction, Bethany Ball, comes a transporting debut; a hilarious multi generational family saga set in Israel, New York, and Los Angeles that explores the secrets and gossip-filled lives of a kibbutz community near Jerusalem.

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Meet Marc Solomon, an Israeli ex-Navy commando now living in L.A., who is falsely accused of money laundering through his asset management firm. As the Solomons' Santa Monica home is raided, Marc's American wife, Carolyn—concealing her own dark past—makes hopeless attempts to hold their family of five together. But news of the scandal makes its way from America to the rest of the Solomon clan on the kibbutz in the Jordan River Valley. There we encounter various members of the family and the community—from Marc’s self-absorbed movie actress sister, Shira, and her forgotten son Joseph; to his rich and powerful construction magnate father, Yakov; to his former star-crossed love, Maya; and his brother-in-law Guy Gever, a local ranger turned "artist." As the secrets and rumors of the kibbutz are revealed through various memories and tales, we witness the things that keep the Solomons together, and those that tear them apart.


"Ball, with great humor, profound wit, and notable insight, vividly captures a singular family. . . . This novel from a most promising writer has been compared to the work of Isaac B. Singer and Grace Paley, as well as Nathan Englander and Jennifer Egan. Try Eudora Welty with sex and Jews." —Booklist

"Ball's prose is compulsively readable, almost addictive, and she has a wicked sense of humor." —Kirkus Reviews

"There’s something profoundly lovely — and loving — about the Solomons. And about Bethany Ball’s debut."—New York Times

Author Bio

Bethany Ball was born and raised in Detroit and has lived in Santa Fe, New Jersey, Miami, and Israel. She now lives in New York with her family.