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Someone to Run With: A Novelby David Grossman
"Beneath the dire headlines, good news from the Middle East: a delightful novel called Someone to Run With, by David Grossman. The Israelis chose it for their most prestigious national prize and drove it up the bestseller list when it appeared in 2001. A year later, the Germans awarded it a prize of their own. And now, with this sprightly translation by Vered Almog and Maya Gurantz, it's time for Americans to fall in love with it, too." Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor (read the entire Christian Science Monitor Review)
Synopses & Reviews
Earnest, awkward, and painfully shy, sixteen-year-old Assaf is having the worst summer of his life. With his big sister gone to America and his best friend suddenly the most popular kid in their class, Assaf worries away his days at a lowly summer job in Jerusalem city hall and spends his evenings alone, watching television and playing games on the Internet.
One morning, Assaf's routine is interrupted by an absurd assignment: to find the owner of a stray yellow lab. Meanwhile, on the other side of the city, Tamar, a talented young singer with a lonely, tempestuous soul, undertakes an equally unpromising mission: to rescue a teenage drug addict from the Jerusalem underworld . . . and, eventually, to find her dog.
Someone to Run With is the most popular work to date from "a writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented . . . anywhere" (The New York Times Book Review), a bestseller hailed by the Israeli press (and reform politicians such as Shimon Peres) for its mixture of fairy-tale magic, emotional sensitivity, and gritty realism. The novel explores the life of Israeli street kids-whom Grossman interviewed extensively for the novel-and the anxieties of family life in a society racked by self-doubt. Most of all, it evokes the adventure of adolescence and the discovery of love, as Tamar and Assaf, pushed beyond the limits of childhood by their quests, find themselves, and each other.
"In Grossman's hands, this plot is both pleasingly familiar and made new through immersion in the details of Israeli life. Almog and Gurantz do a fine job translating the book's mix of teenage dialogue and lush description." Publishers Weekly
"Very different from Grossman's books of political commentary, this entertaining novel is...part urban survival adventure, part YA romance, and part mystery." Hazel Rochman, Booklist
"The Dickensian provenance and romantic texture here...very effectively dramatize the experience of living in a volatile society and the resources required for survival therein. Grossman's most entertaining book yet." Kirkus Reviews
"[A] strange combination of Nancy Drew, the Brothers Grimm, S.E. Hinton, and Bruno Schulz, all mashed up and moistened with an uncharacteristically liberal dose of schmaltz." Ben Ehrenreich, The Village Voice
"Someone to Run With has all the necessary ingredients of a bad after-school special....Thankfully, though...Grossman is no two-bit hack television writer, but is actually one of Israel's most accomplished authors. His ability to construct two characters who are both emotionally complex and extremely likable — and, yes, awkward teenage misfits — raises this book from a potential cliché to a fully realized work, and a delight to read." Christopher Farah, Salon.com
Someone to Run With is the most popular work to date from "a writer who has been, for nearly two decades, one of the most original and talented...anywhere" (The New York Times Book Review). The bestseller is hailed by the Israeli press for its mixture of fairy-tale magic, emotional sensitivity, and gritty realism.
The story of a lost dog, and the discovery of first love on the streets of Jerusalem are portrayed here with a gritty realism that is as fresh as it is compelling.
When awkward and painfully shy sixteen-year-old Assaf is asked to find the owner of a stray yellow lab, he begins a quest that will bring him into contact with street kids and criminals, and a talented young singer, Tamar, engaged on her own mission: to rescue a teenage drug addict.
A runaway bestseller in Israel, in the words of the Christian Science Monitor: “Its time for Americans to fall in love with Someone to Run With.”
About the Author
David Grossman is the author of five novels as well as two groundbreaking worls of journalism, The Yellow Wind (1987) and Sleeping on a Wire (1993), several children's books, and a play. He lives in Jerusalem.
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