This short(133 pages) well-written amusing debut novel portrays
Jakob growing up in a Jewish community in Gothenburg.
His memories are not told sequentially,which although confusing
at first for the reader,mirrors the double dislocation in Jakob's
life--The turmoil in his family life ,as his mother leaves his father,
to 'take-up' with a gentile,and being Jewish in Sweden.
The author,with wonderful observation focuses on detail,rather than
emotion,and we never truly know how Jakob feels about his upbringing,
and his family,with their love/hate relationship with Sweden,and
their fascination for everything Israeli and American.
An enjoyable novel by an author of considerable ability.