Michael Chabon

The Yiddish Policemen's Union


“A larger-than-life folk tale set in an alternate universe version of the present where issues of exile and belonging, of identity, nationality, freedom, and destiny are examined through a funhouse mirror that renders them opaque and recognizable all at once . . .”

—Los Angeles Times Book Review

In a world where Israel does not exist, the Jews of the Sitka District have created their own little world in the Alaskan panhandle. But as the District prepares to revert to Alaskan control, washed up homicide detective Meyer Landsman begins to investigate a strange killing. He soon finds himself contending with the powerful forces of faith, obsession, hopefulness, evil, and salvation that are his heritage—and with the unfinished business of his marriage to the one person who understands his darkest fears.

At once a gripping whodunit, a love story, an homage to 1940s noir, and an exploration of the mysteries of exile and redemption, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union engages with vital questions of identity, faith, and the simple but profound subject of love.