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Writers Who Read: The Netanyahus - Joshua Cohen

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Writers Who Read: The Netanyahus - Joshua Cohen


December's meeting--IN PERSON at the Boulder Library Main Branch 2nd floor Flatirons Meeting Room & ONLINE (see link when you register)--is The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen (USA, 2022) on Sunday, starting at 2:30 pm (for 2 hours). Facilities information here.



In the winter of 1959-1960 Corbin College, somewhere in upstate New York, is invaded by the Yahus: firebrand revisionist historian Benzion Netanyahu, his wife, and their three sons: Yoni, Iddo, and, of course, Bibi. Based loosely on Benzion's postings at various American universities in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, this fable of nationalist zeal won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within the past 18 months) with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills for effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:

  • Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
  • Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
  • Language, Tense, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
  • Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
  • Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations

We ask that all attendees read the entire book in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.

What is Literary Forensics? Find out here:

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