The Good, the Bad, and the Hungry Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited



It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
  1. $11.90 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$3.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

This title in other editions

The River Midnight

by

The River Midnight Cover

ISBN13: 9780684853048
ISBN10: 0684853043
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $3.50!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In her stunning debut novel, Lilian Nattel brilliantly brings to life the richness of shtetl culture through the story of an imagined village: Blaszka, Poland. Myth meets history and characters come to life through the stories of women's lives and prayers, their secrets, and the intimate details of everyday life.

When they were young, four friends were known as the vilda bayas, the wild creatures. But their adult lives have taken them in different directions, and they've grown apart. One woman, Misha, is now the local midwife. In a world where strict rules govern most activities, Misha, an unmarried, independent spirit becomes the wayward heart of Blaszka and the keeper of town secrets. But when Misha becomes pregnant and refuses to divulge the identity of her baby's father, hers becomes the biggest secret of all, and the village must decide how they will react to Misha's scandalous ways.

Nattel's magical novel explores the tension between men and women, and celebrates the wordless and kinetic bond of friendship.

Synopsis:

Described as "a "Fiddler on the Roof" without the music" ("Denver Post"), "The River Midnight" recounts the stories of four women in a small village near Warsaw in 1894--"a loving anatomy of the vanished world of the "shtetls" ("Kirkus Reviews").

About the Author

Lilian Nattel was born and raised in Montreal. Her family emigrated from Poland, their history lost in prewar memory. Reinventing this history, she has rewoven the broken threads with years of research. Nattel's short stories have been anthologized, and she has been awarded grants by the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. She now lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE Angels and Demons

PART ONE The Women

1 Mushroom Soup

2 Mud and Pearls

3 Miracle Cloaks

4 A Plague of Frogs

PART TWO The Men

5 Golden Eggs

6 The Watercarrier

7 The Dancing Bear

8 A Gift of Fire

PART THREE Misha

9 The Secret River

Author's Note

Glossary

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

SLBP, January 13, 2012 (view all comments by SLBP)
I'm reading this book for the 3rd time, and enjoying it as much as the first. In fact, I'm reading it more slowly, the better to savor the story. Lilian Nattel is a gifted writer whose words don't paint a picture - they sculpt a world.
This book is considered historical fiction, and that's what originally drew my attention to it. But what keeps me reading it is that the depth of the characters and the scope of the location are fascinating to see through her words. Nattel's story winds around and around, telling more and more about one year in the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people in a tiny shtetl in the 1800's. Just when something appears imbued with magic, commonness shows through. Unremarkable characters do the most wondrous of things. Tattered angels make grievous errors. The river itself winds through everyone's life, threatening death and offering escape. Nattel respects her readers enough to get us to the edge of so many precarious places and then she leaves us there. We must determine the ultimate conclusions, just as we must in life.
As I read what I write, it sounds maudlin. Fortunately the book rises above my enthusiasm. If you love to read, you will love this book.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684853048
Author:
Nattel, Lilian
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Poland
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Jewish families
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
99-344
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 15.96 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Dust Tracks on a Road an Autobiography Used Trade Paper $3.95
  2. Life & Times of Michael K Used Trade Paper $8.00
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Used Trade Paper $7.50
  4. Moon Tiger Used Trade Paper $4.95
  5. Doomsday Book
    Used Mass Market $3.95
  6. Rose Daughter
    New Mass Market $7.99

Related Subjects


Children's » Activities » General
Children's » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

The River Midnight Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$3.50 In Stock
Product details 416 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9780684853048 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Described as "a "Fiddler on the Roof" without the music" ("Denver Post"), "The River Midnight" recounts the stories of four women in a small village near Warsaw in 1894--"a loving anatomy of the vanished world of the "shtetls" ("Kirkus Reviews").
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.