Nathaniel Popkin, Everything is Borrowed

Join us on Tuesday, May 29th
at 6 pm
for a reading and discussion with

Nathaniel Popkin

for his new novel

Everything is Borrowed


A meditation on cruelty and regret, a mesmerizing tour of a city through time, and an evocative portrait of radical Jewish life of another age.

In Everything is Borrowed, acclaimed architect Nicholas Moscowitz lands a major commission, but his drive suddenly falters. The site of the new project awakens guilty memories, and when he digs into the place’s history, he uncovers a 19th-century Moskowitz whose life offers strange parallels to his own. As Nicholas grows obsessed with this shadow man, the dual narratives of Moskowitz and Moscowitz, the city’s past and present, blend in unexpected and poignant ways. Ultimately Nicholas must face certain truths that don’t change over time—and use them to rebuild his own life.

Everything is Borrowed will be published by New Door Books on May 9, 2018.

“Nathaniel Popkin renders the world of this novel with such precision, and in such stunning detail, that everything is felt. The sense of place, the longing, the regret, the desire, the frustration, the irresistible pull of history all brim with emotional content as Nicholas Moscowitz is thwarted in his attempt to design an apartment building. He must first confront the site of the planned structure, that empty space where he discovers the selves he was, and those yet to be. An immersive read.”
—Diane McKinney-Whetstone, author of Lazaretto

“In a novel of passion and insight, Nathaniel Popkin peels back the layers of a great American city to reveal the previous cities contained within it. He also discovers that a single man can be a city unto himself, densely inhabited by the men he once was and the potential men he might yet be, each driven by his own contradictions and errors, lusts and aversions, triumphs and sorrows.”
—Ken Kalfus, author of Coup de Foudre


Nathaniel Popkin is a writer, editor, historian, journalist, and the author of five books, including the novel Everything is Borrowed, forthcoming in May 2018 (New Door Books). He’s the co-editor of Who Will Speak for America?, a literary anthology in response to the American political crisis, also forthcoming, in June 2018 (Temple University Press). He’s the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine, as well as a prolific book critic—and National Book Critics Circle member—focusing on literary fiction and works in translation. His work has appeared in the Wall Street JournalPublic BooksThe RumpusTablet MagazineLitHubThe Millions, and the Kenyon Review, among other publications.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
130 S. 34th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Everything Is Borrowed Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999550113
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: New Door Books - May 9th, 2018