Peter Mehlman’s debut novel called “The Great American Jewish Novel”

I recently had the great pleasure of serving as one of the primary editors for former Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman’s debut novel, It Won’t Always Be This Great. So when I started seeing the amazing press Mehlman’s book has been receiving, I knew I had to share some of it here — just check out these celebrity blurbs!

It turns out that not only can Peter Mehlman write funny television, he can write a funny book. Who knew?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of HBO’s Veep, and of Seinfeld

Anyone who writes for television gets frustrated that they can’t write like Peter Mehlman. Now he’s going to make novelists mad too. Mehlman’s writing style is completely unique, and creates an intimate bond between the narrator and the reader. You finish the book feeling as though you’ve made a new friend.

Aaron Sorkin, Academy and Emmy-award winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright (A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night, The Social Network, Moneyball, and The Newsroom)

In It Won’t Always Be This Great, Peter Mehlman pokes the ribs of religion, race, law, and culture with lacerating wit and humor. This is a seriously funny comic crime confessional.

Morris Dees, Founder and Chief Trial Counsel, Southern Poverty Law Center

The Peter Mehlman I met in person years ago cannot be the same Peter Mehlman who wrote this brilliantly funny, effortlessly insightful, and unexpectedly moving book. Somebody please tell me which Peter Mehlman I’m supposed to be raving about because I really want to get this blurb right.

Steven Soderbergh, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and director (Out of Sight, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Contagion, and Ocean’s Eleven)

And now we’ve also got this awesome review from Paul Teetor at LA Weekly, “Seinfeld Today: Why Peter Mehlman’s First Novel Is Perfect for Our Time”.

Here’s just a taste:

Peter Mehlman’s first novel, It Won’t Always Be This Great, is not the post-Gatsby, Great American Novel that we’ve all been waiting for — the story that captures the hopes, the fears, the rhythms and resentments of a younger generation. But it is something almost as noteworthy: the Great American Jewish Novel.

 

Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited for Mehlman and incredibly proud that I could have some small hand in helping see this terrific novel published. Check it out!

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Book Synopsis (courtesy of publisher, Bancroft Press):

In the crushing complacency of suburbia, mid-life crises pop in on men’s lives unannounced. For one Long Island podiatrist, it takes an impromptu act of vandalism just to make him aware of his own being. Walking home in the sub-zero wind chill of a Friday night, he stumbles on a bottle of horseradish, twisting his ankle, and in a moment of adrenaline-fuel anger, chucks it over his shoulder . . . and through the window of a popular store selling tween fashions. This one tiny, out-of-character impulse turns his life vivid and terrifying, triggering waves of fear, crooked cops, and suspicions of anti-Semitism, both accurate and paranoid.

The story is told by this same podiatrist, an often hysterical, endearingly wide-eyed, and entirely nameless narrator, to what he regards as the perfect audience: a comatose college friend. Yet, our narrator’s most unique quality lies simply in his glowing love for his wife Alyse, the girl of his dreams whom he met in college and still can’t quite believe he married. She is the mother of his two children, Esme and Charlie, who are just starting to come into their own minds and experiencing their first encounters with prejudice.

 

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