Homesick: A Novel

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2010 - Fiction - 374 pages
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This remarkable, kaleidoscopic novel tells the fragmented stories of a group of women and men brought together by chance in a small neighborhood in the hills of Israel. It is 1995, and Amir, a young man studying psychology in Jerusalem, and his girlfriend Noa, studying photography in Tel Aviv, decide to move in together, choosing a tiny apartment midway between their two cities -- a village that was forcibly emptied of its Arab inhabitants in 1948. Although the two students are only looking for a convenient place to spend time together, they find their new home to be no less complex a web of relationships than urban life: their landlords live on the other side of a paper-thin wall; the next-door neighbors have just lost their eldest son in Lebanon; and further down the street, a Palestinian construction worker named Saddiq is keeping a close watch on the house where his own family used to live.

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User Review  - Baljit - Goodreads

I found it terribly slow and choppy. There were too many characters and after a while the plot went off at a tangent. Read full review

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User Review  - Elazar - Goodreads

I'm impressed by the deep level of sensitivity and psychological insight displayed by this author. Great book. It would have been better without the political content. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Eshkol Nevo was born in Jerusalem in 1971 and spent his childhood years in Israel and Detroit. He teaches creative writing at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv University, Sapir College, and the Open University. He has published a collection of short stories, a book of nonfiction, and two novels, both of which have been bestsellers in Israel.

Sondra Silverston has lived in Israel since 1970. Among her translations are fiction by contemporary Israeli authors Eshkol Nevo, Etgar Keret, Savyon Liebrecht, and Aharon Megged.

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