Book Party: Joshua Cohen launches Moving Kings
July 13, 2017, 6:30 PM
With Moving Kings, Joshua Cohen has written a propulsive, incendiary novel about faith, race, class, and what it means to have a home. The year is 2015, and 21-year-olds Yoav and Uri, who have just completed their compulsory military service in the Israel Defense Forces, take a year off for rest, recovery, and travel. They come to New York City and begin working for Yoav's distant cousin, David King, as eviction-movers in ungentrified corners of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. And what starts off as a profitable if eerily familiar job—an "Occupation"—turns violent when one homeowner seeks revenge.
“Joshua Cohen’s Moving Kings is a lit fuse, a force let loose, a creeping flame heading for demolition, and Cohen himself is a fierce polyknower in command of the moving parts of the human predicament. A master of argot and wit, he writes the language of men in a staccato yet keening idiom of his own invention. And though it is set in a grungy New York, call this the first Israeli combat novel ever dared by an American writer.”—Cynthia Ozick
“Joshua Cohen is a blacksmith who heats, hammers, and molds the language to sharpest, most precise points—not for the sake of craft, but to tell a troubled story about troubled life in the twenty-first century. This is a dazzling and poignant book.”—Rachel Kushner
Join us for a book party with burgers and brats in the garden while they last!
Joshua Cohen was born in 1980 in Atlantic City. He has written novels (Book of Numbers), short fiction (Four New Messages), and nonfiction for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, London Review of Books, The Forward, n+1, and others. In 2017 he was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. He lives in New York City