Alaska is Jewish state in new TV series based on Michael Chabon book
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Alaska is Jewish state in new TV series based on Michael Chabon book

Alternate history story based on ‘Yiddish Policeman’s Union’ follows homicide detective Meyer Landsman

Writer Michael Chabon speaking at The New Yorker Festival 2014 on October 10, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The New Yorker Festival via JTA)
Writer Michael Chabon speaking at The New Yorker Festival 2014 on October 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for The New Yorker Festival via JTA)

Alaska is the Jewish state in a television series that is being developed by married Jewish authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.

The series will be based on Chabon’s 2007 book “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” Deadline Hollywood first reported.

In the book, the Jews lose the War for Independence in 1948 and instead set up a Jewish homeland in the Alaskan panhandle. It follows homicide detective Meyer Landsman, a divorced alcoholic, as he solves the mysterious murder of an Orthodox Jewish crime boss who also is considered the potential Messiah.

Chabon and Waldman are the executive producers. It is a co-production of CBS-TV Studios, PatMa and Israel’s Keshet Studios. No release date has been announced.

Author Ayelet Waldman, wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon. (Reenie Raschke)

Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” He also is the author of “Wonder Boys” (1995), “Telegraph Avenue” (2012) and “Moonglow: A Novel” (2016).

Waldman has written novels including “Love and Other Possible Pursuits,” “Bad Mother” and “Motherlove,” as well as “The Mommy-Track Mysteries” series.

Chabon and Waldman have been critical of Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. In 2016, they led a group of writers on a tour of the West Bank and published the subsequent essay collection “A Kingdom of Olives and Ash,” which was critical of Israeli policy.

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