Description: Sitting Shiva is the first novel of Elliot Feldman's "Detroit Trilogy." It is a gritty yet introspective look at a son coming to grips with the death of his father, a small-time Detroit gangster.
Charlie Fish, his 30-year-old ne'er-do-well son, grieves for him and a father-son relationship that never as. For the seven traditional days of Jewish mourning, "Shiva," he doesn't stay at his invalid mother's home and grieve with friends and family. Instead, he searches the city for answers. In his quest, he relives painful moments from his past and reunites with shadowy figures who once terrorized him, finding out as much about himself as his "black sheep" father.
Sitting Shiva is not only an exploration of Jewish-American life from the Baby Boomer perspective; it also explores the universal subject of a parent's death and a child's grieving process. Illustrated by the author.