The Lawgiver

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The Lawgiver

By Herman Wouk

Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451699395, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

Description
"A lighthearted and delightful tour de force" ("The Washington Times").
A romantic and suspenseful epistolary novel about a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day, "The Lawgiver" is a story that emerges from letters, memos, e-mails, journals, news articles, Skype transcripts, and text messages.
At the center of "The Lawgiver" is Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father's strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multibillionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including reunite with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business. Two other key characters in the novel are Herman Wouk himself and his wife of more than sixty years, Betty Sarah, who, almost against their will, find themselves entangled in the movie.
As Wouk and his characters contend with Moses and marriage, the force of tradition, rebellion and reunion, "The Lawgiver" reflects the wisdom of a lifetime. Inspired by the great nineteenth-century novelists, one of America's most beloved twentieth-century authors has now written a remarkable twenty-first-century work of fiction.


Praise For The Lawgiver

“A lighthearted and delightful tour de force.”
-The Washington Times

“Wouk makes commanding use of the epistolary form, and what emerges is an entertaining addition to his literary canon. It's clever without being too cutesy, revealing a writer who - at 96 - shows little sign of slowing down.”
-Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

“[I] n some essential way, this book about a movie about a book is also about the very act of writing books. Wouk reminds us of the eternal value of storytelling while he shows 30- and 50- and 80-year-old whippersnappers how it’s done.”

"“Read this one. You’ll smile all the way through.”
-Hudson Valley News (NY)

“Readers will undoubtedly marvel at the ability of a ninety-seven year old author to produce a book with such an unusual format. Regardless of their opinion about the book’s design, anything written by Herman Wouk is worth reading and The Lawgiver is no exception.”
-The Jerusalem Post

"An engaging comedy/love story about present-day Hollywood."
-USA Today

“Honest, highly readable, entertaining."
-Moment magazine

“…The Lawgiver is a combination of sweet romantic comedy and sly Hollywood satire, and it is as much fun to read as it seems to have been to write….Wouk excels in channeling distinctive voices."
-The Columbus Dispatch (OH)

"The Lawgiver is an unadulterated delight, a compelling, old-fashioned story in sleek new-fashioned clothes. How fortunate it is for readers that Mr. Wouk, who published The Caine Mutiny when I was but four years old, has not lost an iota of his storytelling genius. The Lawgiver is fast, funny, romantic, and moving."
-Stephen King

"Mr. Wouk’s satirical (and accurate) depiction of Hollywood’s bizarre ins and outs is merciless."
-The New York Times

"Mr. Wouk’s satirical (and accurate) depiction of Hollywood’s bizarre ins and outs is merciless."
-The New York Times

“Mr. Wouk’s satirical (and accurate) depiction of Hollywood’s bizarre ins and outs is merciless.”
-The New York Times