Things are not going well for Alexander Wolf. At thirty years old, he leaves behind federal prison for a more confining environment: his childhood home. There, Alex must rely on his family. The only problem is their situation is more dire than his. In a fit of desperation, Alex concocts an outlandish rescue plan for his Jewish family: marketing products to fundamentalist Christians, a prospect that attracts the mysterious Reverend Warren Holden. As Alex and his family put their financial house in order, they are dragged deeper and deeper into Holden's bizarre world, leading them from suburban New York to the Mojave Desert, where they finally learn that not all cons are about money.
Aaron Jacobs' short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, JMWW, The MacGuffin, and Atticus Review. He lives with his girlfriend and dog in Brooklyn and the Catskills. The Abundant Life is his first novel.
Check out the author interview. Aaron talks about his book, its themes, the writing process, and alcohol.
"Aaron Jacobs makes a strong, gimlet-eyed debut with this tale of guns and religion — American culture’s two eternal verities — and one cynical young man’s improbable attempt to save his family and his own soul through the power of salesmanship."
- Jonathan Dee, author of The Locals and Pulitzer-nominated The Privileges
"Aaron Jacobs' madcap tale of family dysfunction, heavy weapons smuggling, and the uniquely American enterprise of hawking eternal salvation in exchange for legal tender is a stunning literary debut that will have you laughing from the first page to the last. With an inventive yet utterly believable plot, memorable characters, and sharply crafted sentences, The Abundant Life will leave you racing to the end and pleading for more."
- Shulem Deen, author of award-winning All Who Go Do Not Return
“It is Salinger-esque in spirit and execution. And you can quote me. Oh, you just did? Well, great then.”
- Jason Jones, actor/writer for The Detour and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
“The Abundant Life is an entertaining and edgy rebirth story spun by an unflinchingly honest narrator. Aaron Jacobs has written a novel that is compulsively readable and filled with whip-smart social commentary that is often laugh-out-loud funny. This is one firecracker of a debut.“
- Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Summer and Cutting Teeth
"With its delightfully unique, hilarious, and, many times, infuriating characters, The Abundant Life introduces us to the Wolf family and we are better for it. I swear my mouth puckered from Jacobs' acerbic wit, just the way I like it."
- Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee