What a gem. A gem from Heaven. I ordered Mr. Malamud’s “The Assistant” by accident and after reading it it is undeniably one mistake I am truly happy I made. It is a lyrical portrait of a struggling Jewish family in Brooklyn that owns a grocery store with a cast of characters that are so real, compassionate, and humbling that at times it filled my eyes with tears. Morris Bober, the father, a grocer, and conscience of this amazing novel only wants what is best for his family and in so doing offers insights into human nature, the act of forgiveness and the rewards of being honest and hard working even when it doesn’t translate into monetary success.
I love this book, simply loved this book