Allan Appel

Club Revelation

“Allan Appel’s Club Revelation is a brilliantly funny and insightful exposé of the hunger for spiritual meaning in an American Jewish secular society drowning in narcissism and loneliness.”
--Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun


”...Appel balances his commentary with clever plot twists, nicely textured characterizations and the kind of breezy dialogue instantly recognizable as wry and irreverent New York lingo. The laugh factor is also high; one of the funniest scenes is Harp’s description, in a letter to his demanding father, of the contretemps that results when the restaurant’s holy snake, Annabel, eats a Buddhist tenant’s holy sheep. The cross fertilization of religions that marks the novel’s denouement is good natured and satisfying, if not classically ecumenical.”
--Publishers Weekly


“The book is humorous, but just as often sincere: Appel’s exploitations of the stereotypes of baby boomers, Christians, and Jews are all equally entertaining. Marylee’s born-again love fest is irritating at times, but so is Sam’s intellectual snobbery; both voices, unfortunately, seem authentic. For his part, the hayseed Harp offers up the sweetest observations on the Big City and the “tough Jews” of his new surroundings imaginable.

“…Appel deals with faith sympathetically but honestly. If anything, he seems to preach that a confused faith is preferable to no faith, and that in the absence of certainty, love and friendship are not the worst you can do.”
--Jennifer Kohnhorst, Ruminator Review


An excerpt from Club Revelation was included in Best Jewish Writing 2002, (Jossey Bass), and in 2003 the novel was published in a French translation under the title Delires d’amour et crises de foi (Editions Encre de nuit, Paris).

Selected Works

"This is an unabashed joyride of a novel, at turns hilarious and bittersweet. It's a wholly original take on adolescence with a wild Jewish Lolita at its warm heart, a creature at once a thing of spirit and the irresistible flesh. Pure exhilaration." -- Steve Stern
Novels
A hilarious irreverent view of contemporary religious manners examining what we mean by faith and marriage in the 21st century.

“Appel shows the hand of a deft theologian, crafting a truly funny, spiritually observant novel of religious identity and experience.”
--John Green, Booklist
A heartbreaking and hilarious Jewish-Buddhist love story that takes on critical religious issues of our time.