Read This: A Curable Romantic Excerpt

Happy Skibell Week! Comment on our Facebook page (or here if you don’t have a Facebook account) to be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Joseph Skibell’s new novel, A Curable Romantic, as well as the new paperback edition of his novel A Blessing on the Moon. Many will enter, two will win! We’ll announce the winners on Friday, September 10.

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“I fell in love with Emma Eckstein the moment I saw her from the fourth gallery of the Carl Theater, and this was also the night I met Sigmund Freud.”

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A Curable Romantic, the latest from Joseph Skibell–author of A Blessing on the Moon–publishes today, September 7th.


O: The Oprah Magazine is featuring A Curable Romantic as a September 2010 book club pick (you can check out the reading guide here) and Parade magazine has recently selected it as a ParadePick. A Curable Romantic has also received THREE starred pre-pub reviews. See below for the rave reviews and stay tuned for more!


“An irresistible romp about a lovelorn 19th-Century doctor who falls in with Sigmund Freud – and some dangerously attractive women.”—O Magazine


“A young man falls in love, befriends Sigmund Freud, and learns that the object of his desire may be possessed by the ghost of his ex-wife–all in the opening chapters of Joseph Skibell’s wonderfully surreal new novel. The story of passion, faith, and fate that follows is both funny and thoughtful.”—Parade.


“Skibell’s sweeping, imaginative epic chronicles the tumultuous life of an endearing protagonist, Dr. Jakob Sammelsohn, which includes a unique relationship with Sigmund Freud, the universal language movement, and WWII … [Skibell] crafts a vivid, artfully clever tale grounded in turn-of-the century Europe.”—Booklist, starred review

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“This is a fascinating, ambitious, and very successful novel about Jewish folklore, the quest for spiritual truth, and the darkest days of the 20th century. As he did in A Blessing on the Moon, Skibell blends gritty realism with elements of fantasy and magical realism….It is to Skibell’s credit that this complex plot comes off as believable, engaging, and often inspiring.” —Library Journal, starred review

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“Fat, cheeky, and sweeping … A grand portrait of Eastern Europe … [with] a magnetic collection of personalities.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Excerpt from A Curable Romantic

10 Comments On This Post:

September 7, 2010
11:05 am
Pauline says...

OOOH! I want! :D

September 7, 2010
11:55 am
Neil Blonstein says...

I’m enjoying the book, lookin g forward to the areas relating Esperanto, Freud and the Warsaw ghetto. Love is good too!

September 7, 2010
6:55 pm
Erica says...

Oh goodness, this looks *so* charming. Would love to read it.

September 7, 2010
8:46 pm
Cindy Winston says...

Happy Zappy Skibell Week! What a great idea! I’m in the middle of Curable Romantic, and am loving it. A must read! Joseph Skibell has a talent that needs to be shared! The writing is amazing. Will Joseph be in my city for a book tour–I would love to meet him! (Looking forward to Book #4)

September 9, 2010
4:23 pm
flying099 says...

I’d love to win!!

September 9, 2010
4:25 pm
Debra P says...

“A Curable Romantic” looks so surreal and fascinating to me. I would be very interested in reading this as well as Blessing on the Moon. I love Joseph Skibell’s work. He is amazingly talented and I’d be thrilled with something so wonderful to read!

September 9, 2010
4:42 pm
Susan K says...

Please, please – pick me!

September 9, 2010
9:52 pm
John Poindexter says...

This sounds interesting and I would enjoy reading a copy. Please enter me in your contest.

Thanks for running the contest.

September 10, 2010
9:40 am
Baby Got Books » Friday Links says...

[…] an excerpt of Joseph Skibell’s A Curable Romantic.  The book cover has a blurb from Dara Horn and Skibell is a professor at Emory.  How can we pass […]

September 11, 2010
11:55 am
pat torrey says...

Help!Help! I am in a retirement community for old ladies. I’d die without the Iliad,Sophicles, etc, but an update would be such fun.

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