Let me tell you: Matt Greene’s memoir is fantastic, and it’s perfect for anyone looking to unpack identity politics and the roots that ground us to modern society. It’s unpretentious, and filled with enlightening anecdotes, fascinating historical detail and endless wit.
To say Jew(ish) is an exploration of Matt Greene’s relationship with Judaism is a total understatement, because although that’s what he set out to do, he emerges with a book that tackles the intricacies of something much bigger than any one person.
While always using his personal experience as a homing device and at times resenting discussing these issues as a matter of obligation rather than choice, Greene discusses everything from the politicisation of Israel and the weaponisation of anti-semitism in British politics, to the notion of regarding Judaism as a race rather than a religion, and of the unyielding power of collective experience.
This book was incredibly moving, and effortlessly personal, and laugh-out-loud funny all at once. Thank you FMcM Associates for this copy, I was totally transfixed!
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