Book Of The Day – Too Jewish

by Greg on September 7, 2012

Today’s ENT Book of the Day is a Mainstream Fiction novel by bestselling author Patty Friedmann. Too Jewish has an excellent 4.5 star rating and is $4.99!

“I’ve long been a fan of Patty Friedmann’s writing, and I loved every minute of Too Jewish. She manages to be funny and devastating and surprising at the same time. There’s no one writing like her today.” Heather M. – Amazon Reviewer

Too Jewish
by Patty Friedmann
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Mainstream Fiction
Price: $4.99
Free to borrow for Prime members


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Patty Friedmann had that sad childhood that is pretty much a prerequisite for a novelist. She’s written seven darkly comic novels–and finally she draws on the autobiographical material that made it all possible.

Too Jewish tells a story much like the central tale of her young life: her father suffered from survivor guilt, all the while trying to make his way in a hostile society. Like Patty’s father, protagonist Bernie Cooper escapes Nazi Germany, leaving his mother behind, then tries to make a life for himself with a wealthy, thoroughly assimilated Jewish girl in the Deep South. But suddenly, snobberies he couldn’t even have guessed at are set in motion. It seems Letty’s prominent Jewish parents hate him for being…too Jewish!

A bittersweet love story told in three novellas, each from the point of view of one member of the Cooper family.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Patty Friedmann may be the greatest New Orleans author of the past quarter century. If you like New Orleans, if you’re interested in its Jewish community or Southern life or simply the rhythms of America’s most unique city, you’ll love Too Jewish. And even if you don’t give a hoot about NOLA and its Jews, buy Too Jewish for another reason: it’s a great read. – Failed Messiah


“Too Jewish” was a wonderfully written novel about a young man’s experience as a Jew in WWII. I loved this book and will definitely recommend it to my family and friends.


I’m not Jewish but this book had such moving and affecting passages that at times I had to put the book aside to digest what I’d read and compose myself to read more. A very powerful account of the cruelty of which human beings are capable, whether they use the macro weapons of the Nazis or the micro weapons of social rejection at a tea party.


I never usually write reviews about books that I purchase, however this book merits the effort. You oftentimes find yourself lost in the pages as the hours fly by. All in all, it is worth every penny. I will be re-reading this book in the future.


From the 1st page until the page I was wrapped in emotions. What makes a novel excellent is that it stays with you forever. I don’t remember the titles of bad novels, I read too much to remember the bad ones, but I do remember the outstanding ones. I will never forget Too Jewish, it will stay in my heart forever.

Get Too Jewish here: Too Jewish

About The Author

Patty Friedmann’s most recent book is titled No Takebacks, released June 12, 2012. She published both the young adult novel Taken Away and the e-novel Too Jewish in late 2010. She also is the author of A Little Bit Ruined, Side Effects, Secondhand Smoke, Eleanor Rushing, and Odds, all currently in print from Counterpoint, and of The Exact Image of Mother (Viking 1991) and Too Smart to Be Rich (New Chapter 1988). In 2001-2002, she was writer-in-residence at Tulane University. Patty has reviewed for Publishers Weekly, Brightleaf, Short Story, and the Times-Picayune; her short stories have appeared in Horn Gallery, Short Story, LaLit, Xavier Review, and elsewhere; and she has had essays in Oxford American, Speakeasy, and New Orleans Review. Stage productions under the direction of Carl Walker are The Accidental Jew and Lovely Rita. She was included in The Great American Writers Cookbook and Christmas Stories from Louisiana in 2003, as well as in the collections My New Orleans in 2005, Intersections in 2006, Life in the Wake and New Orleans Noir in 2007, and Something in the Water in 2011. In 2009 Oxford American included her Secondhand Smoke with Gone With the Wind, Deliverance, and A Lesson Before Dying as one of the 30 Most Underrated Southern Books. Patty is the mother of Esme Roberson and Werner Friedmann II and the grandmother of Summer Roberson and Kennedy and Carmine Friedmann.

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1 phyllis wilk September 8, 2012 at 11:03 pm

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