By Joel ben Izzy
One awful miracle. Is that an excessive amount of to ask?
Evidently so for Joel, as he attempts to outlive Hannukah, 1971 within the suburbs of the suburbs of la (or, as he calls it, “The Land of contracted Dreams”). That’s no small activity while you’re a “seriously funny-looking” twelve-year-old magician who goals of being his personal superhero: Normalman. And Joel’s far from that because the in simple terms Jew at Bixby college, the place his makes an attempt to make himself disappear fail spectacularly. house is no higher, with a relations that’s not only mortifyingly embarrassing yet flat-out broke.
That’s why Joel’s making a bet every little thing on those 8 nights, to determine no matter if it’s worthy believing in God or miracles or whatever at all. Armed together with his favourite jokes, a few selection Yiddish phrases, and a suitcase packed with magic tips, he’s scrambling to return to phrases with the realm he lives in—from hospitals to Houdini to the Holocaust—before the final of the candles burns out.
No ask yourself his head is spinning: He’s acquired dreidels at the mind. And little does he recognize that what’s really approximately to take place to him and his relations this Hanukkah could be worse than he’d feared . . . And greater than he may have imagined.
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Dreidels on the Brain by Joel ben Izzy