My Old Man


When twenty-six-year-old Rachel Block started rabbinical school, she didn’t think she’d be dropping out after a semester and a half. But when a sick man dies under her counseling, she realizes she’s not cut out for the rabbinate. To make ends meet, she takes a job as a bartender in her Brooklyn neighborhood–much to her parents’ chagrin. It’s the quintessential quarter-life crisis, compounded by the fact that she’s still living just blocks from her childhood home.

Then Rachel falls in love with Hank Powell, an iconoclastic screenwriter twice her age. Suddenly she’s reassessing her values, her surroundings, and everything she’s ever thought about the “right” kind of relationship. Meanwhile, her interactions with her father, with whom she’s always been close, have become increasingly strange. Is he distraught that she’s dropped out of school? Is he having his own, midlife, crisis? Something’s up…and Rachel’s increasingly convinced it might be her father’s libido.

With Rachel’s own relationship getting wilder and weirder and her parents acting like teenagers, it seems that everyone in Cobble Hill is going crazy. A fresh spin on Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, My Old Man is a black comedy about a dysfunctional Brooklyn family coming apart at the seams.