Foreskin's Lament by Shalom Auslander
A Memoir

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FROM THE CREATOR OF SHOWTIME'S "HAPPYISH"

A New York Times Notable Book, and a “chaotic, laugh riot” (San Francisco Chronicle) of a memoir.

Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God. Even as he grew up and was estranged from his community, his religion and its traditions, he could not find the path to a life where he didn’t struggle daily with the fear of God’s formidable wrath. Foreskin’s Lament reveals Auslander’s “painfully, cripplingly, incurably, miserably religious” youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox Jewish community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. His combination of unrelenting humor and anger renders a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith and family.


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About Shalom Auslander

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Shalom Auslander has written for The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times Magazine, and is a regular contributor to NPR’s This American Life. His short story collection Beware of God was published in 2005.
 
Published October 4, 2007 by Riverhead Books. 324 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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Shalom Auslander’s memoir of rebelling against his Jewish Orthodox roots.

Oct 21 2007 | Read Full Review of Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

The Guardian

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Surely if you're looking for really high end, world-beating, eye-wiping woes - let alone pious and defeated mothers - then the Jewish version outdoes the Irish any day, certainly if Shalom Auslander's Foreskin's Lament is to be believed.

Feb 29 2008 | Read Full Review of Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

The Guardian

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'Sounds like narcissism to me,' says one of Auslander's friends, listening to the latest instance of God's manic persecution: 'He never gets bored of you, does he?' A TV screen in the bar behind them proves the point by churning out a modern litany from CNN ('bombings in Israel, killings in Gaza,...

Feb 23 2008 | Read Full Review of Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

The Guardian

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His father's commandments, his punishments, his rage - there's even a joke photograph section where Auslander depicts his father and God with the same image - are all very strongly reminiscent of the other Big Guy.

Feb 06 2009 | Read Full Review of Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

Entertainment Weekly

Foreskin's Lament (2007) Once upon a time, Philip Roth was reviled for his filthy imagination, manic accounts of masturbation, and unflattering depictions of Jews.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Shalom Auslander scares me.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Gideon Lewis-Kraus Critical Summary Shalom Auslander, author of Beware of God: Stories (2005) and a contributor to This American Life, reveals his ambivalence about God through fear, black humor, and undirected anger.

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Digital Journal

One of my non-fiction highlights this year is Foreskin's Lament by Shalom Auslander, a book about a man's upbringing in an Orthodox Jewish home and his gradual move away from religious traditions and strict edicts.

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Shalom Auslander came recommended to me for his first book, a collection of stories called Beware of God, but it wasn’t until I was amused by a column he wrote for the Guardian newspaper that I realised I would like to read a boo...

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