Cousins’ Club by Warren Alexander
When the matriarch of the least successful Jewish family in America gets tired of their misfortune, she consults mystical texts for help. Determined that their next grandchild will be a genius who changes their fortunes, and convinced that no one in her clan is smart enough to raise a genius by themselves, she decides that the child will be passed from household to household to gain their collective wisdom. A picaresque romp set in 1950’s Brooklyn, Cousins’ Club is a delightful escape filled with unusual events, radical rogues, cockeyed intellectuals and pie-eyed strivers.
Year first published: 2021