When Mordecai Richler died, there was a tremendous and perhaps unexpected outpouring of affection for him. It was as if the adulation Richler had always rejected - from readers and critics, Canadian nationalists and Canadian Jews who claimed him as their own - had finally found its way free. In Mordecai & Me, Joel Yanofsky offers a personal, sometimes irreverent and sometimes affectionate look at the man.
Proposing that Richler was the most interesting character Richler himself never wrote about, Yanofsky provides a critical appreciation of Richler's career, as well as a memoir from the point of view of someone who was a colleague, critic and fan of Richler's work for three decades. The appearance of Mordecai & Me marks the first extended examination of Richler's sometimes misunderstood legacy.