Allan Appel

My Works

Club Revelation

In this adroit mix of comedy and theology, three interfaith Jewish/Christian couples who share ownership of a brownstone unwittingly rent the ground floor to a charming, young Southern evangelist. Serving up his own blend of Christian cuisine, he opens a restaurant in the space, hoping to convert the Jews of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. His scheme threatens to destroy the harmony of the building when one of his six landlords finds comfort--and much more--in the preacher’s conversion-by-gastronomy methods.

High Holiday Sutra

“American Jews have been mixing Buddhist saffron with Jewish matzoballs for over three decades now, but not until Allan Appel’s rabbi in High Holiday Sutra have we seen the perfect result. High Holiday Sutra is emotionally Jewish, philosophically Buddhist, and esthetically American. Om Shalom.”
--Andrei Codrescu, Author

The Sacrifice of Isaacson & Soul Catchers

Coming Soon

The first novel, a dark comedy on the binding of Isaac, the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, jogging, and the presence of angels on American college campuses, is now being offered to publishers.

Soul Catchers features two brothers, one a Jewish seminary drop out and the other a Mormon in-training meeting in 1960s L.A., where they fight, with the assitance of beautiful angels, over the fate of their deceased gambling dad's soul

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
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.