Woman in Jerusalem


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5.58 X 7.92 X 0.65 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

A. B. Yehoshua is the author of numerous novels, including Mr. Mani, Five Seasons, The Liberated Bride, and A Woman in Jerusalem. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and he has received many awards worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award. He lives in Tel Aviv.



The force and deceptive simplicity of a masterpiece . . . embedded in this simple story are fundamental questions about identity, selfhood, belonging.--CLAIRE MESSUD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

A sad, warm, funny book . . . that has deep lessons to impart.--THE ECONOMIST
This mysterious, quiet meditation on Jerusalem is, I think, about something much greater [than Israel's problems and identity.] The manager . . . trying to make some meaning of . . . pointless, violent death, as all the structures of his own life fall apart around him, is a figure much bigger and much sadder than even the horrific reality of Israel can suggest.
--Neil Gordon "BOOKFORUM" (6/1/2006 12:00:00 AM)
Yehoshua is examining a deeper question: what does it mean to be human--humane--especially during troubled times? 'When Jerusalem is burning, does any of this matter?' The answer for both the author and his main character seems to be: 'more than ever.' --Neil Gordon "Chrstian Science Monitor" (6/1/2006 12:00:00 AM)
The author beautifully renders a humanity that transcends culture and ritual, the distinctly personal engagement of a lonely man and the woman in his care, no obstacle too great in a quest for the fulfillment of a promise. --Neil Gordon "Curled Up With A Good Book.com" (6/1/2006 12:00:00 AM)
[An] astonishing new novel...Like sacred music, the deepest chords resound. --Neil Gordon "Harper's Magazine" (11/5/2006 12:00:00 AM)
A moving, unsentimental reckoning with death and renewal.
--Neil Gordon "Kirkus Reviews" (5/15/2006 12:00:00 AM)
[T]he writing is beautifully exact and the moral issues delivered with an understated authority.

--Barbara Hoffert "Library Journal" (6/1/2006 12:00:00 AM)
An elegantly structured, thoroughly accessible story, albeit one with rich philosophical layers...A WOMAN moves us with deep insights into the meaning of home, belonging and the fate of the stranger. --Barbara Hoffert "Miami Herald" (11/5/2006 12:00:00 AM)
New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of the Year.--Barbara Hoffert "New York Times Book Review" (12/10/2006 12:00:00 AM)
This novel has about it the force and deceptive simplicity of a masterpiece: terse, eminently readable but resonantly dense.
--Claire Messud "New York Times Book Review" (8/13/2006 12:00:00 AM)
Publisher's Weekly Best Books of the Year list.--Claire Messud "Publishers Weekly" (11/6/2006 12:00:00 AM)
What engages Mr. Yehoshua most here is the question of humanity...Yet his evocation of what it means to be human is drawn in the subtlest strokes...A sad, warm, funny book about Israel and being Jewish, and one that has deep lessons to impart--for other people as well as his own. --Claire Messud "The Economist" (11/5/2006 12:00:00 AM)
Compelling reading...[A Woman in Jerusalem] is a realistic tale of everyday life in Israel, gracefully told, that sometimes has a mythic quality; at other times it is playful. --Claire Messud "The Jewish Week" (11/5/2006 12:00:00 AM)
A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM is a book about a mission and a memorial...But while the novel is always aware of the sorrows of modern Israel, it soars on wry, wise wings far above the battered landscape...The result is a small masterpiece, a compact, strange work of Chekhovian grace, grief, wit and compassion. --Claire Messud "Washington Post Book World" (11/5/2006 12:00:00 AM)