Book Review: Erica Miles reviews Steven Jay Griffel’s Grossman’s Castle, a classic Jewish gothic tale

A humorous and fast-moving, action-packed, fantastic adventure story, starring David Grossman, an improbable Jewish hero, who rises to yet more surprising, politically and culturally questionable, ancestral ascendance. A truly contemporary novel, yet one full of charming, visual and textural historical detail, delicately woven throughout the novel–from the grounds of the castle, to the basement, to the confusing doors of the uppermost story; from the bedroom with the Italian Renaissance décor to the one with the French, Louis XV bed. Mr. Griffel is a true master of suspense in the best sense of the word, offering complex and compelling love rectangles and ghoulish hints of what lies ahead for the reader, as he or she chuckles or cracks his/her knuckles in avid anticipation of some grossly unimaginable solution to the mystery of Grossman’s Castle. An exceptional work of artistry and wild inspiration–not to mention entertaining dialogue, sex, and unabashed chutzpah! In short, it was a beautiful book. I loved it!!!

Grossman’s Castle, by Steven J. Griffel
(Available for purchase on Amazon.com)

–Erica Miles
author of Dazzled by Darkness

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