Shalom Auslander was raised with a terrified respect for God.
Even as he grew up, defying and eventually being cast out of his community, he could not find his way to a life in which he wasn't locked in a daily struggle with Him.
Foreskin's Lament is a rich and fascinating portrait of a man grappling with his faith, his family and his community. `Bracing and witty . . . Never, frankly, can there have been a more blasphemous book . . . Foreskin's Lament somehow expresses the ideas of Richard Dawkins in the tone of David Sedaris.
You can read it for the humour, you can read it as reportage into a secretive and bizarre world, you can read it as a personal tale of triumph over adversity, or you can just read it for the misery.
It doesn't really matter. But do read it' William Sutcliffe, Independent on Sunday `One of the funniest books I've ever read, killingly so' Hilary Spurling, Observer `Exceptional . . . very, very funny' Time Out `Painfully poignant and hilariously noir' Jewish Chronicle `By turns hilarious and devastating . . . Few books are laugh-out-loud funny. This one is' Naomi Alderman, Sunday Times `America's hottest, funniest, most controversial young Jewish memoirist . . . blackly hilarious, groundbreaking' The Times