“A Curable Romantic”
By Joseph Skibell
Algonquin, $26.95, 608 pages
Meet the author
10 a.m. Thurs., Nov. 11. Marcus Jewish Community Center Book Festival. Free.
Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-812-4005, www.atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.
By Gina Webb
Toward the end of “A Curable Romantic, ” Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn finds himself back where he started in the book’s opening pages: lusting after a beautiful, unobtainable woman through a pair of binoculars, dressed in an outfit that doesn’t belong to him. What a fool he is!
Sammelsohn blames his failure to learn from experience on the cruel punishments his father doled out when Jakob was just a child: “He’d broken something deep within me. Thanks to that brokenness, I’d lurched through my life with a crooked gait, listing to the side, never quite arriving where I intended, and the more I attempted to straighten myself, the crookeder I became.”
This may be true, but it’s an endearing,