Husband and Wife (Google eBook)

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Grove Press, Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A rising star of international letters, Zeruya Shalev takes us on a compelling narrative journey in the exquisite and unsettling Husband and Wife. Na'ama and Udi Newman have many of the trappings of an idyllic shared existence. A couple since they were schoolchildren, they have grown together like vines and settled into a routine of calm domesticity, along with their young daughter, Noga. But in a scene worthy of Kafka, the quiet rhythms of their family life suddenly screech to a halt when Udi wakes up one morning to find that he is unable to move his legs. The doctors quickly set about searching for a physical explanation, but it soon becomes painfully clear that his paralysis is a symptom of something far less tangible, and far more insidious than any of them had imagined. This one morning sets in motion a series of events that reveals a vicious cycle of jealousy, paranoia, resentment, and accumulated injuries that now threaten to tear the small family apart. Shaleve brilliantly captures the vulnerability and deceptive comforts of lives intertwined in this deeply disturbing portrait of a diseased marriage.
  

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What is the essence of a marriage? Or of parenthood? In this beautiful novel, Na’ama Newman expresses what it feels like to sense the impending dissolution of one’s own marriage. As a manifestation of ... Read full review

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Friends since childhood, Na'ama and Udi Newman married young and start having marital problems in midlife. Setting the downward spiral in motion is Na'ama, who meets a young artist at the local caf ... Read full review

Contents

One
1
Two
8
Three
16
Four
30
Five
52
Six
63
Seven
75
Eight
94
Twelve
153
Thirteen
165
Fourteen
185
Fifteen
206
Sixteen
221
Seventeen
233
Eighteen
242
Nineteen
266

Nine
107
Ten
122
Eleven
139
Twenty
287
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About the author (2007)

Zeruya Shalev has a master's degree in biblical studies and is chief literary editor at an Israeli publishing house. Shalev's previous novel, Love Life, was awarded the Golden Book Prize and the Ashman Prize and has been translated into seventeen languages.

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