Author Stephen Witt brings a fresh, new voice to contemporary fiction with his new, offbeat novel American Moses. After an upstate New York town's only synagogue is burned down, devastated members of the small congregation stand in the smoldering ashes wondering what's next. The Rabbi vows to rebuild, but Southie Lewis, a secular Jew of very modest means, offers to lead whoever is willing to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas-the county's most rapidly growing metropolis-a new Promised Land. To his surprise, a rag-tag bunch of fellow Jews sign on for the trip. So begins this interracial love story between Southie, a lifelong drifter, and Zippy, his Jamaican-American wife, who along with their two children, Coree and Billy, come up against the daunting mosaic of contemporary America, while struggling with their own lives. Written with bittersweet humor and a touch of tragedy, American Moses will make you laugh and cry while entertaining you every step of the way.