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Yeled Tov ~ Daniel M. Jaffe

October 19, 2018

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Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN: 9781590216712
320 pages
Source: TLC Book Tours

Quick!

Someone find me the Venn Diagram of Queer, Coming of Age, Jewish, Mental Health,  and Pleasing-cum-Rebellion.

Oh, hold on a minute.

I think I found something.

No, no, this is not my autobiography.

It is right here and it is Daniel M. Jaffe’s amazing new book, Yeled Tov.

1974 finds sixteen-year-old Jake Stien in a bit of a fix, pitting his faith roots against his heart. It’s a tale as old as time itself in that Jeff’s struggles follow what many have before him, navigating the apparently binary of being queer and being religious.

I have read so many books, stories, and interviews involving this heartbreaking internalized fight that I could tell it by heart, by now. With that said, Jaffe weaves his story in such a brilliant light, so expertly, that it could very well be the first time such a thing has surfaced. Jake’s internal struggle (often written and presented through vivid and imaginative fantasies) is one that can span gender, orientation, faith, and time period. Though so much has changed (especially in the queer community) over the last few decades, there is so much modern-day validity to the storyline.

The cast of characters between the covers of this book all but wandered off the pages and straight into my heart. Rarely are those in conflict with the protagonist written with so much heartwrenching empathy. From Jake, to his peers and teachers, to his family and faith community, the voices surrounding his journey ring true and complex.

This was my first book by Jaffe and I am totally hooked. If you haven’t read it, yet, I highly recommend it.

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 3, 2018 3:30 pm

    Thanks for being on the tour!

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