'The Yiddish Policemen's Union,' Chapters 1 - 12: in Alaska, but not
The Yiddish Policemen's Union forces the reader into a new yet familiar world. The United States' history has seen some slight tweaks under Chabon's hand, but he doesn't dole out all of the information at once: in fact, he draws attention away from the extraordinary Earth of the novel by introducing a more pressing, -- and more familiar -- circumstance.
The first few chapters of this book are overflowing with questions, information, and details which threaten to overwhelm you as you read them, but that never quite happens as Chabon keeps reeling you back to land you can grab onto with the frame of the story: the murder.
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