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Publisher Description

A luminous novel-funny and moving in equal measure-that shines with the author's unique talents

Jacob's Folly is a rollicking, ingenious, saucy book, brimful of sparkling, unexpected characters, that takes on desire, faith, love, acting-and reincarnation.
In eighteenth-century Paris, Jacob Cerf is a Jew, a peddler of knives, saltcellars, and snuffboxes. Despite a disastrous teenage marriage, he is determined to raise himself up in life, by whatever means he can. More than two hundred years later, Jacob is amazed to find himself reincarnated as a fly in the Long Island suburbs of twenty-first-century America, his new life twisted in ways he could never have imagined. But even the tiniest of insects can influence the turning of the world, and thanks to his arrival, the lives of a reliable volunteer fireman and a young Orthodox Jewish woman nursing a secret ambition will never be the same.
Through the unique lens of Jacob's consciousness, Rebecca Miller explores change in all its different guises-personal, spiritual, literal. The hold of the past on the present, the power of private hopes and dreams, the collision of fate and free will: Miller's world-which is our own, transfigured by her clear gaze and by her sharp, surprising wit-comes brilliantly to life in the pages of this profoundly original novel.

Fiction & Literature
March 5
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Customer Reviews

SunnyWilson01 ,

The world has yet to discover her riches of talent

If you are ready to become an addict to the words & riches of wealth this book possesses then strap in, brace your minds & get ready for the beautiful impartation of wisdom this book has to offer. In other words, it will blow your faces off! ;)

Jennifer Palazzo ,

Loved it!

Very different, well written, hard to put down. I'd love a sequel.

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