In 1972, the American gangster Meyer Lansky petitions the Israeli
government for citizenship. His request is denied, and he is returned to the US
to stand trial. He leaves behind a mistress in Tel Aviv, a Holocaust survivor
named Gila Konig.
In 2009, American journalist Hannah Groff travels to Israel to
investigate the killing of an Israeli writer. She soon finds herself inside a
web of violence that takes in the American and Israeli Mafias, the Biblical
figure of King David, and the modern state of Israel. As she connects the dots
between the murdered writer, Lansky, Gila, and her own father, Hannah becomes
increasingly obsessed with the dark side of her heritage. Part crime story,
part spiritual quest, I Pity the Poor Immigrant is also a
novelistic consideration of Jewish identity. Download and start listening now!