Book Review | Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman by Gary Morgenstein
Let me preface this review by stating that I was anxious to read Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman. After reading my first Gary Morgenstein (or Morgy, as I like to call him) about a month ago, I was sold. That being said, Loving was a slightly different beast than How to Find a Woman or Not. This novel was well-written, interesting, and witty, but it didn’t have me giggling uncontrollably as the last one did. It wasn’t supposed to, either.
That being said, Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman was a good read. This book is not one of those novels that you can read mindlessly — you know the type, the ones you can breeze through in a few hours. This demands your attention. But that’s not a bad thing. Sometimes a book should challenge you — it should make you pay attention and think, right? Right.
The book follows Joss Katz, a recently divorced, middle-aged Jewish New Yorker who unsuccessfully tries his hand at the online dating thing until he meets and falls in love with a rabbi. There’s a lot more to the book than thatâ€¦including a range of characters who will annoy you, intrigue you, amuse you, or all three, in the case of Joss best friend Mandy.
Morgy’s style is one that puts you at ease, if that makes sense. From beginning to end, I felt as though I were familiar with Joss, with all his hang-ups, angst, and disappointment. When reading Loving Rabbi Thalia Kleinman, you feel comfortable, as though you are among friends. Granted, ones who bitch and moan about work and dating and divorce and bills, but who doesn’t?
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*