A poignant, funny tale by Israel’s most beloved storyteller. Zaydeh, whose mother died while he was a teenager, is looking for his father, who he knows is one of three possible men in the village. During four meals he shares with them, he discovers his mother’s innermost secrets, and learns about love, life, and loss.
Awarded the Juliet Club Prize, Italy, 1999.
Rights Sold to:
Bulgaria, Lik; China: FLTRP; France, Calmann-Levy; Greece, Kedros; Holland, Ambo/Anthos; Israel, Am Oved; Italy, Frassinelli (reverted); Korea, Sigong Sa; Norway, Aschehoug; Portugal, Difel; Russia, Inonstranka; Slovak Republic, Slovart; Spain, Emece; Switzerland, Diogenes; Turkey, Iletsim; UK, Canongate; USA, Ecco Press
“It is as though the Song of Solomon had been rewritten by Gabriel Garcia Marquez....you get a master class in the storyteller’s art.” – Daily Telegraph
“Shalev’s version of Eden....the language has a sumptuous and earthy feel.” – Times Literary Supplement
“The novel sparkles with fascinating characters. ...To anyone the least bit familiar with the rueful wit of Jewish humor, seen in works from the Marx Brothers to Woody Allen, it sounds both comfortingly familiar and full of expectation.” – The Times
“This is a heartwarming narrative agleam with moments of plangent sadness, rueful humor and compassionate insight.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“A marvelous and beguiling story. Full of light and color, the light unfolds like a flower with a captivating scent.” – Booklist