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Moving Kings

de Joshua Cohen

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"A propulsive, incendiary novel about faith, race, class, and what it means to have a home, from Joshua Cohen, "a major American writer" (The New York Times)"-- "This is a novel about two young Israeli soldiers who travel to New York after fighting in the Gaza War and find work as eviction movers. It's an incendiary story of the eviction crisis in poor African-American neighborhoods in America that also shines new light on the world's oldest conflict in the Middle East. 21-year-olds Yoav Tsarkhan and Uri Halifi have just completed their compulsory stint in the Israeli army, fighting in the 2014 Gaza War. In keeping with national tradition, they're entitled to a year of R&R: a gap-year spent abroad. They come to America and begin working for Yoav's distant cousin, David King--a proud American, Republican, Jew, and owner and operator of Moving King Inc., a heavyweight in the Tri-State area's moving and storage industry. Yoav and Uri now must struggle to become reacquainted with civilian life, but it's not easy to move past their militarized selves when their days are spent kicking down doors: Yoav and Uri work as eviction-movers in Brooklyn and Queens, dispossessing delinquent tenants and homeowners who've defaulted on their mortgages. And what starts off as a profitable if eerily familiar job quickly turns violent when they encounter one homeowner who refuses to leave"--… (mais)
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  samnreader | Jun 27, 2020 |
This was a fast read. I enjoyed the author's writing style. The story was fast-paced and entertaining. The end was a bit of a let-down. The story is about a Jewish man, David, who is a business owner of a moving, storage company in NYC. He has his nephew from Israel come to assist following his service in the Israeli army. Some of the secondary characters are not as clearly integrated into the story and the end seems a bit abrupt. The details from NYC seemed very authentic as did the sections talking about life in modern-day Israel. ( )
  5041 | Aug 21, 2017 |
MOVING KINGS by Joshua Cohen is about two young men, Yoav and Uri, former Israeli soldiers, who have moved to New York and work for Yoav's uncle, David King, at his moving business, Kings Moving Inc. There are many aspects that MOVING KINGS, like race, class structure, the after effects of war, trust, and family consider. Cohen brings a very unique perspective to such topics by following Yoav, Uri, their uncle David, and others looking at how each of them think and feel and how that contrasts to how they outwardly act. As I was reading the book, I wasn't really seeing the depth of emotions that each of these people carry around with them, but once I finished, I can't stop pondering and processing what was really going on inside of them. There several times I thought the book was could have progressed the plot a little more and a little faster. I wanted a little more with Yoav and Uri and a little less of everyone else as well.
I think it speaks well of a book if you keep thinking about it after you have finished reading and MOVING KINGS will be one of those books. I wished that the book stayed focused a little more, but nevertheless, it brings up thought provoking and important perspectives that are topical and important in today's world of international relations.
I received this book as part of the Goodreads Giveaway program. ( )
  EHoward29 | Jul 17, 2017 |
I requested an ARC of this novel based on a summer reads recommendation list. I couldn't put it down!! The story follows two men, Yoav and Uri, who after serving their compulsory military service in Israel come to NYC to work for King Moving company. The company is owned and operated by Yoav's cousin who takes the men on as a way to assuage his internal guilt for failing his own children. The company specializes in eviction moving. Ultimately, the men are involved in an eviction gone wrong. The writing style sucked me into this story at the very outset and carried me at a frantic pace through the book. There is a tremendous amount of insight about Israeli military service and the eviction moving business as well as quiet commentary about the housing and eviction crisis in American cities. I highly recommend this fabulous summer novel to all adult audiences.

I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
  Well-ReadNeck | Jun 9, 2017 |
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"A propulsive, incendiary novel about faith, race, class, and what it means to have a home, from Joshua Cohen, "a major American writer" (The New York Times)"-- "This is a novel about two young Israeli soldiers who travel to New York after fighting in the Gaza War and find work as eviction movers. It's an incendiary story of the eviction crisis in poor African-American neighborhoods in America that also shines new light on the world's oldest conflict in the Middle East. 21-year-olds Yoav Tsarkhan and Uri Halifi have just completed their compulsory stint in the Israeli army, fighting in the 2014 Gaza War. In keeping with national tradition, they're entitled to a year of R&R: a gap-year spent abroad. They come to America and begin working for Yoav's distant cousin, David King--a proud American, Republican, Jew, and owner and operator of Moving King Inc., a heavyweight in the Tri-State area's moving and storage industry. Yoav and Uri now must struggle to become reacquainted with civilian life, but it's not easy to move past their militarized selves when their days are spent kicking down doors: Yoav and Uri work as eviction-movers in Brooklyn and Queens, dispossessing delinquent tenants and homeowners who've defaulted on their mortgages. And what starts off as a profitable if eerily familiar job quickly turns violent when they encounter one homeowner who refuses to leave"--

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