The Fairest Among Women

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Macmillan, 2001 - Fiction - 293 pages
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Acclaimed Israeli author Shifra Horn follows up her award-winning, bestselling debut novel, Four Mothers, with a new novel retelling the legendary life story of the most beautiful woman in all Jerusalem. Rosa's life coincides with the fifty years of the state of Israel-she was born during the War of Independence in the 1940s and disappears on a cold winter night in the 1990s-and her absorbing tale is part history, part fairy tale, and part legend.From her earliest memories of the battle over West Jerusalem in 1948 and hearing the sounds of looters dragging carpets through the streets on the morning after the Battle of Saint Simon, to her childhood in the neighborhood of Katamon, to her three marriages and eight children named after American movie stars, Rosa's life-with its triumphs and tragedies-transcends the worlds of fiction, history, and folklore all at once to become a unique literary accomplishment.Part family saga, part political history, and part legend, readers will be as enamored of the story of Rosa and her world as all of the citizens of Jerusalem were of Rosa herself.AUTHORBIO: Shifra Horn is one of Israel's bestselling novelists and author of the award-winning novel Four Mothers, her fiction has been translated into several languages. Born in Tel Aviv, she now lives in Jerusalem. A former journalist, lecturer, and TV host, Shifra now manages her own public relations firm.
  

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Best-selling Israeli author Horn's second novel (after Four Mothers) chronicles the life of Rosa, called by some "the most beautiful woman in Jerusalem" despite her large size. Born in the 1940s ... Read full review

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I enjoyed the beginning of the book detailing Rosa's start in life, but this 'fairest amongst women' was essentially used by manipulative men, wanting to mould her into their idea of a dream woman. I ... Read full review

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Shifra Horn lives in Jerusalem, where "Four Mothers" was a national bestseller.

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