Press release – My Mother’s Son

July 19, 2018


Contact: Rachel Tarlow Gul

Over the River Public Relations

(201) 503-1321

Fig Tree Books LLC To Publish

My Mother’s Son by David Hirshberg

BEDFORD, NY (February 14, 2018) — Fig Tree Books LLC, publisher of the best literature of the American Jewish experience, announced today that it will publish My Mother’s Son, a debut novel by David Hirshberg, on May 15, 2018.

In the spirit of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America and Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay comes this meticulously-crafted novel. The story is told by a radio raconteur revisiting his past in post-World War II Boston, the playground and battleground for two brothers whose lives are transformed by discoveries they never could have imagined. From the opening line of the book, “When you’re a kid, they don’t always tell you the truth,” the stage is set for this riveting coming-of-age story that plays out against the backdrop of the Korean War, the aftermath of the Holocaust, the polio epidemic, the relocation of a baseball team, and the shenanigans of politicians and businessmen. Hirshberg deftly weaves together events, characters, and clues and creates a rich tapestry of betrayal, persecution, death, loyalty, and unconditional love that resonates with today’s America.

“David Hirshberg has written an engrossing novel that belongs in the canon of great American Jewish literature. Filled with stories of concealed truths, shattering discoveries, and unconditional love, My Mother’s Son is a twenty-first century exploration of the formative American Jewish experiences of the twentieth century. It transports the reader to that other time even as it speaks to the urgent concerns of today.” —Dan Libenson, president of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future & co-host of

“Sometimes it’s the lies we grow up with —more than the truths—that define who we are and where we come from. That’s the message of David Hirshberg’s coming-of-age novel, My Mother’s Son. Through the eyes of young Joel, we witness essential elements of the mid-twentieth century: the scourge of polio, the magic of baseball, the repercussions of war, and the development of modern Jewish-American culture. But above all, we come to understand why Joel is his mother’s son —and how that

phrase resonates for us all. A deceptively simple, profoundly memorable novel.”—Barbara Solomon Josselsohn, author of The Last Dreamer


MY MOTHER’S SONby David Hirshberg

Fig Tree Books LLC; May 15, 2018; Print $23.95 e-book $14.99
ISBN hard cover: 978-1-941493-22-9; ISBN e-book: 978-1-941493-23-6

About the Author:David Hirshbergis the pseudonym for an entrepreneur who prefers to keep his business activities separate from his writing endeavors. He adopted the first name of his father-in-law and the last name of his maternal grandfather as a tribute to their impact on his life. Learn more at David Hirshberg’s website.

About Fig Tree Books: Fig Tree Books LLC, established in 2013, publishes literature that enlightens the unique American Jewish experience. It published the award-winning memoir by Abigail Pogrebin—My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew—in 2017 and its other titles include novels from debut and previously-published authors, as well as important works that had gone out of print. Books are published in hard copy and e-book formats and distributed to the tradeby Publishers Group West, a Division of Ingram Publishing. More information can be found on its website.

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