Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

Last week, Far­rar, Straus and Giroux pub­lished Rebec­ca Miller’s new nov­el Jacob’s Fol­ly, a rol­lick­ing, inge­nious, saucy book, brim­ful of sparkling, unex­pect­ed char­ac­ters, that takes on desire, faith, love, [and] act­ing.” Oh, and the main char­ac­ter, Jacob Cerf, an eigh­teenth-cen­tu­ry Parisian Jew, has been rein­car­nat­ed as a fly in the Long Island sub­urbs of twen­ty-first-cen­tu­ry Amer­i­ca. Read more about Jacob’s Fol­ly, and the influ­ence of Kaf­ka, over at NPR here, and check out Rebec­ca Miller’s offi­cial web­site here.

View past Book Cov­er of the Week” posts here.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.