Moving Kings

By Joshua Cohen
Read by Jonathan Davis

7.23 Hours 07/11/2017 unabridged
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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” (New York Times) One of the boldest voices of his generation, Joshua Cohen returns with Moving Kings, a powerful and provocative novel that interweaves, in profoundly intimate terms, the housing crisis in America’s poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods with the world’s oldest conflict, in the Middle East. The year is 2015, and twenty-one-year-olds Yoav and Uri, veterans of the last Gaza war, have just completed their compulsory military service in the Israel Defense Forces. In keeping with national tradition, they take a year off for rest, recovery, and travel. They come to New York City and begin working for Yoav’s distant cousin David King—a proud American patriot, Republican, and Jew, and the recently divorced proprietor of King’s Moving Inc., a heavyweight in the tri-state area’s moving and storage industries. Yoav and Uri now must struggle to become reacquainted with civilian life, but it’s not easy to move beyond their traumatic pasts when their days are spent kicking down doors as eviction-movers in the ungentrified corners of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, throwing out delinquent tenants and seizing their possessions. And what starts off as a profitable if eerily familiar job—an “Occupation”—quickly turns violent when they encounter one homeowner seeking revenge.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A propulsive, incendiary novel about faith, race, class, and what it means to have a home, from Joshua Cohen, “a major American writer” (New York Times)

One of the boldest voices of his generation, Joshua Cohen returns with Moving Kings, a powerful and provocative novel that interweaves, in profoundly intimate terms, the housing crisis in America’s poor black and Hispanic neighborhoods with the world’s oldest conflict, in the Middle East.

The year is 2015, and twenty-one-year-olds Yoav and Uri, veterans of the last Gaza war, have just completed their compulsory military service in the Israel Defense Forces. In keeping with national tradition, they take a year off for rest, recovery, and travel. They come to New York City and begin working for Yoav’s distant cousin David King—a proud American patriot, Republican, and Jew, and the recently divorced proprietor of King’s Moving Inc., a heavyweight in the tri-state area’s moving and storage industries.

Yoav and Uri now must struggle to become reacquainted with civilian life, but it’s not easy to move beyond their traumatic pasts when their days are spent kicking down doors as eviction-movers in the ungentrified corners of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens, throwing out delinquent tenants and seizing their possessions. And what starts off as a profitable if eerily familiar job—an “Occupation”—quickly turns violent when they encounter one homeowner seeking revenge.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This audiobook begins as though it will be a comedy but gets darker as it goes along. Narrator Jonathan Davis tracks that progression through a multiplicity of New York voices and accents—Israeli, Arabic, Manhattan, outer boroughs, Hispanic, and more. He manages to convey some especially thick accents, for people who speak little English, with complete clarity. There are passages in which the prose is of considerable emotional intensity, and Davis captures every bit of it. All the characters, even the most disreputable, come to life in their struggles to learn how and who to be in the world. Just don’t expect them to have happy endings. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
Joshua Cohen has become one of America’s top young novelists. . . . His new novel, Moving Kings, is the tale of a modern-day King David. . . . Cohen’s writing is filled with sharp turns of phrase and elegant rhythms. . . . The denouement is as vengeful as any Old Testament plot twist. Time
“A svelte comic triumph…Cohen explores themes of power and Jewish identity with the same insight that has justly attracted praise from some of the country’s most sophisticated writers.” Washington Post
An astute and often penetrating look at a divided world, lightened with sympathy for all its flawed protagonists. The Guardian
A swift-moving highbrow comic adventure. Vulture
Moving Kings is brilliant. . . . It opens as a comic portrait of a midlife crisis, but concludes as a somber cautionary tale frothing with cataclysms, including fire and gunplay. It starts tucked deep into a subculture—in this case the peculiarities of running a New York City–area moving company—but expands to consume whole swaths of race and religion. It comes on as unassuming yet stylish, but circles around tricky questions of occupation and power in the U.S. and Israel. And yet none of it feels messy or overreaching—indeed, it feels master-planned to slowly unsettle your convictions, as the best novels do. . . . [Joshua] Cohen has a brain-on-fire intellect and a Balzac-grade enthusiasm for understanding varieties of experience. Los Angeles Times
Cohen stuns, he dazzles, he defies. . . . His talent . . . is a youthful one, bursting with ambition. Bomb
Moving Kings is a swift, darkly funny, surprising—and brilliant—novel. . . . [Cohen] manages to bring together a treatment of 50 years of the Palestinian occupation with a story about American gentrification. Vice
Snappy, heartfelt, vivid, and often note-perfect in its depiction of displacement, aging, and the compromises of being part of an occupying force. Karan Mahajan
This lively story of the fraught ties that bind an American, Republican Jew and his Israeli family makes another strong case for Cohen’s admission into the ranks of the Great American Novelists. Esquire

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Author Bio: Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen, born in 1980 in Atlantic City, is the author of novels and short fiction, as well as nonfiction for the New York Times, Harper’s magazine, London Review of Books, The Forward, n+1, and others. In 2017 he was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 7.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English