Club Revelation by Allan Appel

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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 finds comfort in the preacher's conversion-by-gastronomy methods.

Appel's mix of comedy and theology conjoin effortlessly in an entertaining, fast, and funny story which reevaluates our meanings of faith and marriage in twenty-first century America.

Allen Appel is a novelist and playwright whose books include The Rabbi of Casino Boulevard and the anthology A Pocket Apocalypse: A Handy Guide to the End of the World. His work has appeared in The National Jewish Monthly and The Progressive. He lives in New York City.

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About Allan Appel

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Allan Appel's previous novels include Club Revelation, High Holiday Sutra, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and The Rabbi of Casino Boulevard, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. A California native and longtime New Yorker, he now lives in Connecticut where he is a reporter for the New Haven Independent.
Published October 1, 2008 by Coffee House Press. 335 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Appel (High Holiday Sutra, 1997) offers another tale of the lighter/darker side of spiritual hunger, this time in the story of an evangelical restaurateur on Manhattan's heavily Jewish Upper West Side.

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Once one gets past the blatantly sitcom-like premise of Appel's new novel, this story about the disruptive and redemptive power of religion in the lives of three interfaith couples living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is surprisingly entertaining.

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