by Allan Appel
Appel's hilarious novel follows three interfaith Jewish/Christian couples who unwittingly rent the ground floor of their brownstone to a charming Southern evangelist. Serving his own blend of Christian cuisine, he opens a restaurant in the space, hoping to convert the Jews of the Upper West Side. His scheme destroys the harmony of the building when one of his six landlords...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Coffee House Press
(first published October 1st 2001)
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A well-written, enjoyable novel about three couples (Jewish men, Gentile women) who share a townhouse on the Upper West Side and rent the first-floor restaurant to a missionary looking to attract Jews to Christianity by feeding them food and sermons. A silly idea, and silly characters, but not a particularly silly novel, done pretty straight. Fortunately, Appel̕s a good writer, or it would have been a dumb sitcom.
This book was incredibly boring and devoid of the humor that I appreciated in Wake Up Sir. The plot is predicatable which seems like an impossibility given the basic elements of the story and continues to beat you over the head with the same basic dialog over and over. It just didn't keep my attention.