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by Joshua Cohen

MOVING KINGS by Joshua Cohen

• A propulsive, incendiary novel about faith, class, and what it means to have a home

• Named one of the best books of the year by Vulture & Bookforum

One of the boldest voices of his generation, Joshua Cohen returns with Moving Kings, a powerful and provocative novel that interweaves, in profoundly intimate terms,

the housing crisis in America’s poor black and Hispanic neighbourhoods with the world’s oldest conflict, in the Middle East.

The year is 2015, and 21-year-olds Yoav and Uri, veterans of the last Gaza War, have just completed their compulsory military service in the Israel Defence Forces.

In keeping with national tradition, they take a year off for rest, recovery, and travel.

They come to New York City and begin working for Yoav’s cousin David King: a proud American patriot, Republican, and Jew, and the recently divorced proprietor of King’s Moving, Inc.. Yoav and Uri now must struggle to become re-acquainted with civilian life, but it’s not easy to move beyond their traumatic pasts when their days are spent kicking down doors as eviction-movers in the corners of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, throwing out delinquent tenants and seizing their possessions.

And what starts off as a profitable job—an occupation—quickly turns violent when they encounter one homeowner seeking revenge.

Random House

June 2019

256 pages

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“A Jewish-version of the Sopranos. Utterly engrossing, full of passionate sympathy. Cohen is an extraordinary prose stylist, surely one of the most prodigious at work in American fiction today.”— The New Yorker

“Brilliant. It feels master-planned to slowly unsettle your convictions, as the best novels do. Cohen has a brain-on-fire intellect and a Balzac-grade enthusiasm for understanding varieties of experience.”— Los Angeles Times

“Moving Kings is a lit fuse, a force let loose, a creeping flame heading for demolition, and Cohen himself is a master of argot and wit.”— Rachel Kushner