The year is 2022. Israel is no more. Having been annexed by its hostile neighbouring countries its citizens are now global refugees, many of them now relocating to the States which has subsequently become a forcing house for violent racism: everywhere Jews find they are subject to widespread verbal abuse, anti-Semitic public demonstrations and targeted murders.
Amid this tumult we encounter the three Jacobson siblings assembling in LA for Passover: Jacob, a small-beer playwright who has travelled from Berlin with Dieter, his German boyfriend; Edith, a divorced ethics professor from Atlanta currently enmeshed in a sexual harassment suit; and Moses, a failed actor best known for a starring alongside his bad-tempered wife and their five sons in a now cancelled reality TV show. All three have muddled towards a vague agreement that they will murder their father Julian – an exemplar of the bullying, sadistic patriarch who evades cliché simply by being such an extreme case – whom they suspect of plotting to quicken the demise of Roz, their meek and terminally ill mother.
Tell Me How This Ends Well is a story told via character studies, with the holiday gathering described from the point of view of each family member in turn, all of whom are coping (or struggling to cope) with the ongoing trauma that comes with simply being a Jacobson. But all are nonetheless compelled to come together in the way that only family and faith can achieve.
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