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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 18 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459701275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459701274
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

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.

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This is the second novel by Rotchin that I have read and enjoyed. The novel is grounded in characters that are three-dimensional, realistically observed and creatures of their social environment, yet who are capable of surprising us in convincing ways. I find that novelists who have a passion for a city and who intertwine the lives of their characters with the fortunes of the places they live in make for good reading. Halbman is a fully realized character. he isn't by any means morally superior, and he has many faults, but he is not complacent. There is a quality of upward moral striving that I liked about him.The plot has pace and rhythm and humour in the right places. Rotchin's first novel, Rent, explored one area of Jewish Montreal. Halbman represents another area. Anyone who has read Mordecai Richler's books will surely feel his presence in Rotchin's novels.
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I really enjoyed reading Halbman Steals Home. I felt like I was inside Mort's head - not that I really wanted to be - curmudgeon as he was, but his point of view was convincingly portrayed and I did find myself sympathizing with him, which is no mean feat since as a woman I'm about as far away from Mort as one can get. Also, Rotchin pulls off a nice balancing act portraying Montreal within the framework of the story or was the story within the framework of the city? I loved reading about the Expos because we used to go to the games a lot during that era, so it was wonderfully nostalgic. I was sorry when it ended.
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Glen Rotchin does it again! He leads us along a path of a chaotic family situation, to the scene of a possible crime, set against an intimate and rarely seen background in a Montreal suburb...Interesting, funny, familiar...Then - Bam! Shocking surprises! The reader thinks he is reading an entertaining story set in Montreal, when in reality, Rotchin does an excellent job of disguising the fact that his plot twists are worthy of the short stories of Frederick Forsyth (Day of the Jackal, No Comebacks). Keep the stories coming - we readers enjoy being shaken out of our complacency!
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If you loved Mordecai Richler's novels, and if even if you didn't, add Glen Rotchin's Halbman Steals Home to your summer reading list. The novel is an easy read, beautifully crafted with enigmatic characters and relationships that ring true. Nothing phony or contrived about this book. The story flows along easily and the author's voice is authentic. On another level, Halbman Steals Home is a love story, an ode to a Montreal from the days of yore where baseball is used as a perfect metaphor. Trust me on this one, Halbman may steal home, but it will also steal your heart.
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Well, I don't know them individually, but Rotchin's characters are so well drawn, so true to life, that I feel that every one of them is a person I might have run into at some time or other. The reader sees the characters from alle sides, and understands them.
The depiction of the Montreal Jewish community captures its dynamic, wisecracking personality. Very true to life, and a very entertaining book to read. The book makes a great gift. The people I gave it to love it as much as I do.
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In an attempt to make sense of his life and remember what he has lost, Mort returns again and again to the ruin of his former house. It's his compulsion to revisit the site, that makes him a suspect in an arson investigation!

We follow poor Mort as he tries to reconcile with the past and a present that includes baseball, gay marriage, orthodox Judaism and arson. The plot twists and turns with absurdity and humor...the age-old Jewish survival mechanism.
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