Joshua’s new novel, START WITHOUT ME, will be published by William Morrow on October 17, 2017.

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Start Without Me

An epic tale of love, failure, and unexpected faith set in New York, Amsterdam, and Las Vegas. The modern-day Jonah at the center of Joshua Max Feldman’s brilliantly conceived retelling of the book of Jonah is a young Manhattan lawyer named Jonah Jacobstein. He’s a lucky man: healthy and handsome, with two beautiful women ready to spend the rest of their lives with him and an enormously successful career that gets more promising by the minute. He’s celebrating a deal that will surely make him partner when a bizarre, unexpected biblical vision at a party changes everything. Hard as he tries to forget what he saw, this disturbing sign is only the first of many Jonah will witness, and before long his life is unrecognizable. Though this perhaps divine intervention will be responsible for more than one irreversible loss in Jonah’s life, it will also cross his path with that of Judith Bulbrook, an intense, breathtakingly intelligent woman who’s no stranger to loss herself. As this funny and bold novel moves to Amsterdam and then Las Vegas, Feldman examines the way we live now while asking an age-old question: How do you know if you’re chosen?

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Author Joshua Max FeldmanJoshua Max Feldman is a writer of fiction and plays. Born and raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, he has lived in England, Russia, and Switzerland. He currently resides in Brooklyn. THE BOOK OF JONAH was his first novel. His second novel, START WITHOUT ME, will be available October 17, 2017.



“The storytelling, infused with energy throughout, gathers momentum and culminates in an enigmatic, unexpected ending … Worth applauding.”
—Carmela Ciuraru, New York Times

“A universal, timeless tale of loss and the longing for meaning.”
—Sara Nelson, Editorial Director,; named Featured Debut, Best Books of February, 2014

“THE BOOK OF JONAH is a debut that heralds great promise. With shrewd allusion, finely wrought characters and a pulsing, page-turning narrative, Feldman works new and inventive wonders from an ancient template.”
—Malcolm Forbes, Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A beautifully fulfilled debut novel … Feldman chronicles Jonah’s and Judith’s transitions with exceptional art and skill, and often with great humor … A genuine page-turner.”
—Earl Pike, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“An enticing debut novel.”
—Publisher’s Weekly

“It is rare that a novel juxtaposes the contemporary world and the biblical one in such dramatic fashion. THE BOOK OF JONAH is a compelling read, a clever deconstruction of modern life as reflected in an ancient and timeless lens.”
—Abraham Verghese, author of CUTTING FOR STONE

“The text of the biblical Book of Jonah is minimal, and its God and its Jonah are ciphers, and their motives enigmatic, but the Jonah of Joshua Feldman’s novel is fully realized, a New York corporate lawyer making recognizable compromises until, brushed by the divine, his world dissolves. This absorbing novel gives form to an opaque and ancient story while retaining that story’s mystery.”
—Zachary Mason, author of THE LOST BOOKS OF THE ODYSSEY

“A beguiling first novel … Feldman is a tremendously endearing writer. His satire lacks that astringent bitterness that can make some witty novels seem heartless. And his willingness to pose the big questions to the whirlwind makes for unusually thoughtful reading.”
—Ron Charles, Washington Post

“An entertaining and thought-provoking debut.”
—Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine

“Deft and entertaining … What a sweet tale this is. While Feldman’s prose is assured and sophisticated, the story is one of the oldest. And, in this telling, is worthy of repeating.”
—Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News

“Tremendously entertaining … The book succeeds because Feldman is a master of plot and pacing with a preternatural gift for keeping the reader hooked.”
—Fernanda Moore, Commentary

“Audacious … There’s something about a master narrative that crushes cliché to a powder with its looming, mystical weight, and taking the long view, Feldman is doing some deft meta-investigation of the Jewish novel.”
—Naomi Skwarna, The Globe and Mail of Canada

“Feldman’s expansive tale offers an invigorating, timeless exploration of existential crises within a contemporary world.”

“Feldman is clever in his use of the Jonah story, and his novel is of the same strange and enigmatic quality as the original.”

—Shelf Awareness

“Joshua Feldman offers a shrewd, humorous, and entertainingly modern twist on the Old Testament prophet. He’s written a bold and very funny book.”
—Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, author of National Book Award finalist MADELEINE IS SLEEPING