The Lawgiver: A Novel

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"A lighthearted and delightful tour de force" (The Washington Times).

A romantic and suspenseful epistolary novel about a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day, The Lawgiver is a story that emerges from letters, memos, e-mails, journals, news articles, Skype transcripts, and text messages.

At the center of The Lawgiver is Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multibillionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including reunite with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business. Two other key characters in the novel are Herman Wouk himself and his wife of more than sixty years, Betty Sarah, who, almost against their will, find themselves entangled in the movie.

As Wouk and his characters contend with Moses and marriage, the force of tradition, rebellion and reunion, The Lawgiver reflects the wisdom of a lifetime. Inspired by the great nineteenth-century novelists, one of America’s most beloved twentieth-century authors has now written a remarkable twenty-first-century work of fiction.


  • Lawgiver 01 AScuffedFile

    Duration: 01min
  • Lawgiver 02 Chapter1

    Duration: 24min
  • Lawgiver 03 Chapter2

    Duration: 24min
  • Lawgiver 04 Chapter3

    Duration: 22min
  • Lawgiver 05 Chapter4

    Duration: 21min
  • Lawgiver 06 Chapter5

    Duration: 16min
  • Lawgiver 07 Chapter6

    Duration: 21min
  • Lawgiver 08 Chapter7a

    Duration: 12min
  • Lawgiver 09 Chapter7b

    Duration: 09min
  • Lawgiver 10 Chapter8

    Duration: 29min
  • Lawgiver 11 Chapter9a

    Duration: 17min
  • Lawgiver 12 Chapter9b

    Duration: 18min
  • Lawgiver 13 Chapter10a

    Duration: 19min
  • Lawgiver 14 Chapter10b

    Duration: 21min
  • Lawgiver 15 Chapter11

    Duration: 18min
  • Lawgiver 16 Epilogue

    Duration: 15min
  • Lawgiver 17 Close

    Duration: 53s