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"Rotchin's talents for character are on fine display in the darkly comical Mort Halbman. As impressively crafted as his debut novel, The Rent Collector, Rotchin's follow-up will entertain those searching for an uncomplicated, engaging read." (Publishers Weekly 2011-12-02)
"Rotchin is adept at sketching character and creating convincing dialogue.  Halbmans cronies, his children, his wife, his city are immediately recognizable and Rochin has an uncanny ability to draw us in with the clarity of his prose and charming narrative." (The Toronto Star 2012-02-25)
"Rotchin's latest novel, Halbman Steals Home, is one that any Jew with a sense of humour wont be able to put down." (The Jewish Tribune 2012-03-08)
"With skill and tenderness, Rotchin designs a world of characters so authentic, and carves a poetic tale rich with wit and pathos." (Friday Night Magazine 2012-03-09)
"Halbman Steals Home brings to mind Mordecai Richler's satirical portrayal of Jews." (Canadian Jewish News 2012-03-29)
Halbman makes for entertaining company and the book breezes along. Rotchins prose flow with a nice comic edge, his dialogue is crisp, his evocation of place unerring. This kind of writing, with its unassuming view into a very specific world, is too often undervalued. (The Montreal Gazette 2012-05-11)
"Sometimes home is not what we think it is, Rotchin tells us, and memory can become a way forward rather than an anchor to the past. These themes will resonate even for those who have never set foot in Montreal." (McGill News Alumni Magazine 2012-01-01)
“…Halbman Steals Home is a thoroughly enjoyable read… The author is a master at describing so much of what makes Montreal such a compelling city in which to set a story… anyone who enjoys seeing much of hypocrisy in Jewish life made clver – and usually gentle fun, of, should get a kick out of this book.” (The Jewish Post and News 2012-01-01)
B. Glen Rotchin has published fiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews. He has won two Canadian Jewish Book Awards for co-editing poetry anthologies, Jerusalem: An Anthology of Jewish Canadian Poetry (1997) and A Rich Garland: Poems for A.M. Klein (2000), while his debut novel, The Rent Collector, was a finalist in 2005 for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Rotchin lives in Montreal.
The book is a mystery of sorts, but carries the reader along with humour & entertaining dialogue, rather than stressful tension. The protagonist, Halbman, is a wreck... Read morePublished 21 months ago by angelica montgomery
A warm and humourous ride through the changes wrought in Montreal - the once glorious days of the Expos baseball team, the aftermath of a marriage break-up and the rebooting of a... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2013 by Patti
I really enjoyed getting to know the main character Mort and about the quirky struggles in his relationships. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2013 by Anna
This book is eloquently written and makes even seemingly mundane details exciting and engaging.
The themes touched on in the book are universal and applicable to all,... Read more