Nessa Rapoport (Author)

Product Details

$26.00  $23.92
Counterpoint LLC
Publish Date
September 01, 2020
6.1 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Nessa Rapoport was born in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of a novel, Preparing for Sabbath, and a collection of prose poems, A Woman's Book of Grieving. Her memoir, House on the River, was awarded a grant by the Canada Council for the Arts. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She lives in New York with her husband, artist Tobi Kahn.


Praise for Evening

"Written in sensuous yet clear-eyed prose, Evening is a novel that adroitly touches on everything we've ever wanted to know about the inner lives of women, from how they love to how they pitch their tents in the professional world. In her portrait of three generations of a family, as seen through the eyes of Eve, her endearingly conflicted yet wise narrator, Nessa Rapoport has given us a story rich in unexpected disclosures and impenetrable mysteries. Intimate, funny, and thoughtful, Evening is a novel that draws the reader in bit by bit until you are totally under its spell." --Daphne Merkin, author of 22 Minutes of Unconditional Love

"Evening is a book to read many times: First for the gripping story of two sisters forever entwined by love and competition, then for the lyrical images and lush scenes that shape the narrative, and above all for the sheer joy of reading a beautiful work." --Francine Klagsbrun, author of Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel

"Evening is a masterpiece . . . [A] lusty, funny, grand book . . . My shabby words do not even begin to convey how brilliant this book is." --E. Jean Carroll, author of What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal

Praise for House on the River

"A poetic account of a houseboat trip with [Rapoport's] mother and children, and a meditation on aging and family bonds." --MORE Magazine

"We see an imaginary hand reach out from Rapoport's talent to try to grab a feeling that shimmers . . ." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Rapoport's poetic ruminations reverberate with a nostalgic, wistful tone, always evocative and often poignant." --Publishers Weekly

"Nessa Rapoport writes like a poet, muses like a philosopher, and loves like the mother (and daughter and granddaughter) that she is. House on the River is about family but also much more. It is a startlingly original work as intricate as a jewel and as vast as a library full of your favorite books." --Stephen J. Dubner, author of Turbulent Souls and Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper

"I have never such a luminous meditation on a private journey. Nessa Rapoport writes about her family in spare, vibrant, poetic prose. I am moved by the layers of meaning as they weave in and out like fine music. This is memoir as prayer." --Elizabeth Swados, composer and playwright of Runaways and Alice in Concert

"Nessa Rapoport's beautiful book is about everything important: the enchantment of childhood, the passion of adolescence, the longing to return to a world one dreamed of escaping, the way the physical realm passes into the imaginary realm, and the way our dreams become incarnate in the new families we make. I can't imagine a lovelier figure for all this than a houseboat loaded with children, parents, siblings, dreams of the past, and hope for the future." --Jonathan Rosen, author of Eve's Apple and The Talmud and the Internet

Praise for A Woman's Book of Grieving

" A work of redemptive passion, this is highly recommended for all libraries." --Library Journal

"Rapoport's lyrical reflections, poetry, lamentations, and thoughtful reminiscences are highly charged, each word so perfectly chosen, each emotion so powerfully drawn." --Theresa Ducato, Booklist

"Finely articulated message of renewal and healing." --Publishers Weekly

Praise for Preparing for Sabbath

"Preparing for Sabbath is a skillfully, even lovingly rendered account of a young woman's awakening into the life of the flesh and--more singularly--the life of the spirit. It is an impassioned book." --Daphne Merkin, author of This Close to Happy