In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles. But their immediate problems are more personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith and Jacob, in various states of crisis; the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian.
The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is hastening their mother Roz's demise, and years of resentment boil over as they debate whether to go through with the real reason for their reunion: an ill-considered plot to end their father's iron rule forever. That is, if they can put their bickering, grudges, festering relationships and distrust of one another aside long enough to act. And God help them if their mother finds out . . .
Tell Me How This Ends Well presents a blistering vision of near-future America, turning the exploits of one very funny, very troubled family into a rare and compelling exploration of the state of America itself.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 324 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 26 mm
Tell Me How This Ends Well
is a wickedly funny, intelligent examination of the dynamics of a uniquely strange family, and David Levinson guides these characters through a plot that intensifies in such unexpected ways. Against a backdrop that feels both terrifying and yet utterly plausible, Levinson again and again finds ways to make the struggles of this clan explode with a kind of humor that most writers could not dream of pulling off. A daring, memorable novel. - Kevin Wilson, author of The Family FangTell Me How This Ends Well
is Cormac McCarthy's The Road
doing 70mph in reverse on the 405. David Samuel Levinson's dystopian vision is deeply strange in the best way, perverse and precise and teeming with life, reminiscent of George Saunders, Flannery O'Connor, Nathanael West. A comic novel firing on all cylinders, with one eye on the highway and the other to our future. - Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West
Like absolutely nothing I've read before, Levinson's brilliantly unsettling, fiercely funny novel takes on both dangerous intolerance in the near-future world, and in the confines of one wildly destructive family, where ties tighten like nooses and kith and kin can become like warring political systems. Affecting and hilarious, and filled with dark truths that gleam like jewels. I totally loved it. - Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World
David Samuel Levinson's Tell Me How This Ends Well
is an absolute joyride through the dark, beautiful terrain of the near future. This is a book that is, arguably, about everything - about family and love and hatred and politics and the indomitable self, and Levinson tackles the whole thing with abundant intelligence, seriousness and humor, and convinces, once again, of the novel's enduring power to grasp the future. Reading these pages is such a deep pleasure for the reader, to see these crystalline sentences pour forth, each one full of life and imagination. I loved this book, and will continue to read it. - Rebecca Lee, author of Bobcat and Other Stories
Witty, acerbic, hilarious, terrifying, and true, David Samuel Levinson's Tell Me How This Ends Well
is a treasure.Tell Me How This Ends Well
is one of those rare stories that are both painfully intimate and terrifyingly universal.Tell Me How This Ends Well
is a crazy tornado of a novel. Bitingly funny and incisive, uncompromising but full of heart. It is brave, brilliant and ever so slightly bonkers. I totally loved it.
A darkly funny, fascinating family drama - Hello!