Philip Graubart’s ambitious latest novel is an Eric Hoffer Book Award short list winner. Silwan is among the latest titles honored as finalists for the Hoffer grand prize, a distinction of its own.In Silwan, Graubart gamely invites the reader to join him in a journey probing the darker regions of the soul through the characters of Moshe Weinstein and Judah Loeb. Weinstein is a peacemaker, activist, model husband, human rights hero, and loving friend, with a famously even temperament. But could he also be a murderer, driven to jealous rages? Loeb, middle-aged, twice divorced, his one true-crime bestseller a distant memory, is about to lose his job at the LA Times, yet another casualty of the new media. But out of nowhere, Cliff, an old friend from his Harvard days, appears and offers Loeb a fat contract to write a book solving the biggest true mystery of all—why can’t the Israelis and Palestinians make peace?
Silwan is among the latest titles to receive this prestigious recognition, a distinction of its own, as a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Grand Prize. The award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.