When We Danced on Water

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Harper Perennial
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5.29 X 8.04 X 0.66 inches | 0.42 pounds

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About the Author
Evan Fallenberg is a US-born writer and translator living in Israel since 1985. He is the author of the novels Light Fell (2008), When We Danced on Water (2011), and The Parting Gift (2018) and has translated novels, plays, short stories, librettos, and screenplays by leading Israeli authors. Fallenberg has won the American Library Association's Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award as well as the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. He has been short-listed for the PEN Translation Prize and the Times Literary Supplement Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for translation of Hebrew literature. Fallenberg teaches at Bar-Ilan University and City University of Hong Kong, and serves as an advisor to several literary prizes, including the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

"Lyrical...an enjoyable read...[Fallenberg is] sensitively attuned to the power of individual words. His fluid prose is carefully composed." -- Jerusalem Post

"Quietly spectacular and emotionally satisfying...Fallenberg achieves the near-impossible, superbly crafting an altogether unique Holocaust story made plausible through utterly gripping realism." -- Miami Herald

"When We Danced on Water is literary fiction that reads like a long short story. Packed with intensity in both plot and psychology, its effect is disproportionate to its brevity. Reading about Teo and Vivi is like experiencing a lifelong relationship with each protagonist." -- Forward

"When We Danced on Water is a haunting, beautifully written story about the unlikely friendship between two artists...Fallenberg's novel is exquisite." -- Edge

"Fallenberg's precise prose moves fluidly between the delicate and the bold, much like the aging dancer whose story he tells with such elegance. His spare style sneaks up on the reader, enhancing the emotionality inherent in his subject." -- Publishers Weekly

"As their pasts are revealed, an unexpected blessing bears testament to the beauty and the sustainability of their unconventional relationship." -- Booklist

"The sensitivity that Fallenberg brings to the writing devoted to Teo's life as a dancer in the Danish Royal Ballet, in the wings and on stage, is passionately evocative." -- Shelf Awareness

"The poetic [When We Danced on Water] is read easily in a few sittings, and the light of Tel Aviv, the pure beauty and sensuality of dance and the powerful affirmation of life, are deeply felt." -- New York Jewish Week

"Fallenberg's paradoxical propositions of passion as suffering, and that a life without passion is devoid of meaning, leaves us with an insolvable quandary and a Buddhist diagnosis: life is suffering, one way or another." -- Brooklyn Rail

"Highly recommended." -- Washington Jewish Week