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Textile (Jewish Women Writers)by Orly Castel-bloom
Synopses & Reviews
A wealthy Israeli family is at a precipice in their lives in this nuanced, contemporary novel. As Amanda Gruber, the matriarch of the family, undergoes an invasive cosmetic procedure, Lirit, her rebellious daughter, takes over operations at the family's pajama factory. Her brother Dael serves in the Israeli army as a sniper, while Irad, their neglectful father, a genius scientist, travels to the United States to conduct research on flak jackets. Each family member is pulled in conflicting directions, forced to examine their contentious relationships to one another. With surprising humor, Textile details the gradual disintegration of a family strained by distance and the corrosive effects of consumerism and militarism.
Orly Castel-Bloom is considered a leading voice in Hebrew literature today. Her postmodern classic Dolly City has been included in UNESCO's Collection of Representative Works, and was nominated in 2007 as one of the ten most important books since the creation of the state of Israel. She has received the Tel Aviv Foundation Award, the Alterman Prize for Innovation, the Prime Minister's Prize three times (1994, 2001, 2011), the Newman Prize, the French WIZO Prize for Human Parts, and the Leah Goldberg Prize. Her books have been translated into eleven languages.
"A family contends with tragedy and the fear of impermanence in this new novel from the celebrated Israeli author of Dolly City. In the new and luxurious Tel Aviv suburb of Tel Baruch North, matriarch and Nighty-Night pajama factory owner Mandy Gruber has begun undergoing a series of increasingly radical plastic surgeries to cope with the absence of her son Dael, who is serving as a sniper in the Israel Defense Force. At home, she deals with her emotionally distant husband, Irad, a scientist on the cusp of a great discovery, and her daughter, Lirit, who is caught up in a disintegrating romance with a much older boyfriend. But when one of Mandy's surgeries goes horribly wrong, Irad, Dael, and Lirit must detach from the individual lives they've carved out, and come to terms with their place in the family, and in the world at large. With understated flair and stoic wit, Castel-Bloom uses the Gruber family to explore the themes of globalization, materialism, superficiality, and longevity, anchoring her story in a neighborhood and attempting to 'connect all this beauty and luxury to some kind of posterity beyond grasp.' Castel-Bloom once again captures the culture of modern-day Israel with provocative deadpan humor." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A wealthy Israeli family becomes estranged as war and commerce increasingly define their lives.
About the Author
ORLY CASTEL-BLOOM was born in Tel Aviv in 1960 to parents originally from Egypt. After studying film at the Beit Zvi Institute and Tel Aviv University, she published her first collection of stories in 1987 and has been a leading voice in Hebrew literature ever since, expanding the boundaries of the Hebrew language as well as of narrative style. Castel-Bloom has lectured at Harvard University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, NYU, as well as at Oxford and Cambridge Universities; at present she teaches creative writing at Tel Aviv University. She has published novels, collections of short stories, and a book for children. Her postmodern classic, Dolly City, has been included in UNESCOs Collection of Representative Works, and was nominated in 2007 one of the ten most important books since the creation of the State of Israel. Castel-Bloom has received the Tel Aviv Foundation Award (1990), the Alterman Prize for Innovation (1993), the Prime Ministers Prize three times (1994, 2001, 2011), the Newman Prize (2003), the French WIZO Prize for Human Parts (2005), and the Leah Goldberg Prize (2007). Her books have been published abroad in eleven languages.
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