I Pity the Poor Immigrant
About the Book
In 1972, the American gangster Meyer Lansky petitions the Israeli government for citizenship. His request is denied, and he is returned to the U.S. to stand trial. He leaves behind a mistress in Tel Aviv, a Holocaust survivor named Gila Konig. In 2009, American journalist Hannah Groff travels to Israel to investigate the killing of an Israeli writer. As she connects the dots between the murdered writer, Lansky, Gila and her own father, Hannah becomes increasingly obsessed with the dark side of her heritage.
Part crime story, part spiritual quest, I PITY THE POOR IMMIGRANT is also a novelistic consideration of Jewish identity.