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David Grossman

Young Adult, 2000

A bestseller hailed by the Israeli press for its mixture of fairy-tale magic, emotional sensitivity, and gritty realism, Someone to Run With explores the life of Israeli street kids and the anxieties of family life in a society racked by self-doubt. Grossman evokes the adventure of adolescence and the discovery of love, as Tamar and Assaf, pushed beyond the limits of childhood, find the objects of their quests, find themselves, and find each other.

Winner of the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize 2004 for fiction.

Rights Sold:

Brazil, Companhia das Letras; Bulgaria, Altera; China, Yilin Press; Czech Republic, Mlada Fronta; France, Editions de Seuil; Germany, Hanser; Greece, Scripta Publishers; Holland, Cossee; Israel, HaKibbutz HaMeuchad; Hungary: Scholar; Italy, Mondadori; Norway, Gyldendal; Poland, WAB; Portugal, Don Quixote; Romania, Editura Niculescu; Romania: Editura Polirom SA; Russia: Rozoviy Giraffe; Spain, Random House Mondadori (Lumen); Sweden, Bonnier; Ukraine: Folio; UK, Bloomsbury ; USA: Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Vietnam: NHA NHAM


“Grossman evokes teen-age nobility and self-hatred in all its pimply particularity, while slyly suggesting that the arduous quest for connections should never be outgrown.” – The New Yorker

“Grossman is very good at making his characters seem charming, especially in their dialogue… he is an ultra-romantic” – The New York Review

“There is no other Israeli writer, translated into English, who gets so close to the heart of the matter.” – London Review of Books

“Once again, Grossman has written a novel for young adults and adults. The book is an exciting thriller that uncovers the deep emotional world of two teenagers. It is a handbook for people who are close to each other. Someone to Run With is above all a novel about sisterly love, family bonds and friendships. It deals with coming of age and with good yet immature parents. Grossman investigates all the small moments that make up a life, and invites the reader to participate.” – Die Zeit

“David Grossman’s new novel has the taste of ‘once upon a time…’ Grossman returns to the dream of growing and living ‘happily ever after’, in a positive way, taking pleasure in the normal, the ordinary… The characters are portrayed with the skill of an experienced writer.” – La Republica

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