Nick Lezard

The cannibal feast: Mother for Dinner, by Shalom Auslander, reviewed

Auslander’s parody of a Jewish family, with a mother who domineers even in death, makes a superb, if uncomfortable, comic novel

Shalom Auslander. Credit: Getty Images

Seventh Seltzer is a nice family man, working as a publisher’s reader in New York, who happens to come from a family of cannibals. Specifically, Cannibal-Americans. The Can-Ams are the most marginalised of America’s minorities, largely because of their funerary rites: when one of them dies, the relatives drain the corpse of blood and then eat it.

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