YIDDISH POLICEMEN'S UNION by Michael Chabon - SIGNED FIRST EDITION BOOKSee all titles by Michael Chabon.
For sixty years, Jewish refugees and their descendants have prospered in the Federal District of
Sitka, a "temporary" safe haven created in the wake of revelations of the Holocaust and the shocking
1948 collapse of the fledgling state of Israel. Proud, grateful, and longing to be American, the Jews of
the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle, a vibrant, gritty, soulful,
and complex frontier city that moves to the music of Yiddish. For sixty years they have been left alone,
neglected and half-forgotten in a backwater of history. Now the District is set to revert to Alaskan control,
and their dream is coming to an end: once again the tides of history threaten to sweep them up and
carry them off into the unknown.
But homicide detective Meyer Landsman of the District Police has enough problems without
worrying about the upcoming Reversion. His life is a shambles, his marriage a wreck, his career a
disaster. He and his half-Tlingit partner, Berko Shemets, can't catch a break in any of their outstanding
cases. Landsman's new supervisor is the love of his life, and also his worst nightmare. And in the
cheap hotel where he has washed up, someone has just committed a murder, right under Landsman's
nose. Out of habit, obligation, and a mysterious sense that it somehow offers him a shot at redeeming
himself, Landsman begins to investigate the killing of his neighbor, a former chess prodigy. But when
word comes down from on high that the case is to be dropped immediately, Landsman soon finds
himself contending with all the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that
are his heritage. And with the unfinished business of his marriage to Bina Gelbfish, the one person who
understands his darkest fears.