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This award-winning novel takes readers to postwar Israel, introducing them to a mother and daughter-in-law with an unusual relationship and offering a unique perspective on Jewish identity and experience.

"A grand, brave, open-hearted novel...honest, intelligent, and highly entertaining." (The Boston Globe)

"Reworking the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi, with perhaps a nod to Neil Simon's 'Odd Couple,' the book explores the complex relationship between the narrator, an abrasive, 50-year-old Jewish survivor from Budapest named Nora Gratz...and her widowed daughter-in-law, 22-year-old Louisa. The punch line: Louisa is a German Christian...she has accompanied Nora to Israel, haven of Holocaust survivors, where an Aryan immigrant can hardly expect a welcome...A wonderfully bittersweet work that broods on loss even as it affirms human resilience, connection, and a faith in providence." (The New York Times Book Review)

"Superb...an important contribution to the literature of Holocaust and Exodus." (Kirkus Reviews [starred review])

"Haunting...a provocative depiction of the enduring mysteries of human relationships." (Publishers Weekly [starred review])

Synopsis:

This award-winning novel takes readers to postwar Israel, introducing them to a mother and daughter-in-law with an unusual relationship and offering a unique perspective on Jewish identity and experience.

About the Author

Simone Zelitch’s first novel, The Confession of Jack Straw (1991), won the Hopwood Award. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Michigan, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Hungary. Zelitch, a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, currently teaches at Community College of Philadelphia.

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ISBN:
9780425181959
Author:
Zelitch, Simone
Publisher:
Berkley Publishing Group
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20011231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
5 x 7 x 1 in 0.5 lb

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