There are some books where the title tells you everything you need to know about the story, even before you read the description on the back or on the jacket cover.
Zachary Lazar’s newest book, I Pity The Poor Immigrant, uses the word, pity in it’s title. The pity should be for the reader and not the characters.
The main character, Hannah Groff, is a Jewish-American journalist. She has traveled to Israel to investigate the murder of a writer, David Bellen. As she proceeds in her investigation, it becomes complicated. Her father’s former mistress, a child survivor of Bergen-Belsen, Gila Konig becomes part of her investigation along with another of Gila’s former lovers, gangster Meyer Lansky.
The narrative is not linear. Mr. Lazar takes the reader from present day back to previous decades. He also intermingles Israeli politics, geography and Bible verses.
It’s quick read, however, I found that I could not follow the plot and the ending was non-existent.
I pity the reader of this book.