Jewish in America
Jewish in America

Jewish in America

A Set of Neil Kleid Graphic Novels


392 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Paperback

Paperback, $24.99 (US $24.99) (CA $24.99)

Publication Date: October 2012

ISBN 9781561637003

Price: $24.99


“Gripping.”  —Publishers Weekly

Award-winning comics writer Neil Kleid explores two aspects of being Jewish in America in this banded set of his highly praised graphic novels: Brownsville and The Big Kahn. Brownsville is set in 1930s Brooklyn and follows the intertwined lives of Jewish gangsters Allie Tanennbaum, Abe Reles, and scores of hoods organized by Louis Lepke Buchalter as they undertake the deadliest hit in Mafia history, “Murder, Inc.” As they escape the mean streets and lonely tenements of East New York and make themselves into the most dangerous men in America, they eventually send their best friends and closest allies up the river. In The Big Kahn, Rabbi David Kahn has lived a 40-year lie: he is not, nor has he ever been, Jewish. At his funeral, the “rabbi’s” brother reveals the truth, forcing the Kahn family to struggle with grief and betrayal as their congregation questions their very faith. A drama about loss, lies, belief, and renewal, this graphic account of a family secret explores the very nature of faith.


"Gangsters have always been a popular subject for graphic novels, and Brownsville is a worthy addition to the Jewish side of the canon."  —Hadassah Magazine

"This is an unusually rich work. Every character is well realized. Each panel's composition, perspective, and placement within the continuity, and also the transitions between scenes, are done with care. A not-to-be-missed original graphic novel."  —Booklist

"Forceful storytelling and deep passion for its characters and indeed for this dark chapter of Jewish-American history."  —Jewish Chronicle

"The events and players come to life in the stark images in this historical overview."  —VOYA magazine

Author Biography

Neil Kleid is a Xeric Award–winning cartoonist who has written for nearly every publisher in the comic book industry. He is the author of the graphic novels The Big Kahn, Brownsville, and Ninety Candles. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey. Nicholas Cinquegrani is an Argentinean comic artist presently studying at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Jake Allen is a comic artist and graphic designer. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire.