Jacob's Advice

Jude Cook


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20 August 2020
ISBN: 9781783528998
368 pages

From the publisher

'Astute, funny, elegant meditation on identity . . . full of energy with an alluring Parisian glow' Diana Evans, author of Ordinary People

'Generous, urbane, zestful . . . a Francophile's feast' Rob Doyle, author of

Larry Frost, a British pharmacologist living
in Paris, is exuberant, charismatic, wildly opinionated. He's also convinced
he's Jewish - or at least he's long had his hopes. But his search for what he
believes is his true identity produces more questions than answers.

In early 2015, following the terrorist attack
on Charlie Hebdo, Larry is joined by
his sceptical older cousin, Nick Newman. Divorced, separated from his son and
desperately trying to understand his own place in the world, Nick is drawn inextricably
into Larry's slipstream as they walk the fractured, uneasy, magical streets of

Then, in November, terrorism strikes the city
again. With Paris and the cousins still reeling from the trauma, Larry receives
the information he's urgently been seeking: a long-held family secret that will
change both their lives forever.

Set against a
backdrop of extremism, nationalism and the resurgence of antisemitism, Jacob's
is a timely exploration of identity, race, family and the
inescapable nature of the past.