The narrator, Ruben Blum, is the only Jewish faculty member at Corbin College in upstate New York in 1959. When he is asked by his superior to entertain Ben Zion Netanyahu(Bibi’s father), who is applying for a professorship at Corbin, Blum has to say yes although he has misgivings. When Netanyahu arrives along with his outspoken wife and his three undisciplined sons in the middle of a snowstorm, chaos, drama and hilarity ensues.
If you have missed the writings of Philip Roth, read The Netanyahus. Like Roth, Cohen writes a funny yet dark work of fiction that also discusses heavy topics such as, Zionism, the history of the Jews and American capitalism.