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Tel Aviv Noir

by Etgar Keret & Assaf Gavron

Keret and Gavron masterfully assemble some of Israel's top contemporary writers into a compulsively readable collection.


A Possibility of Violence

by D. A. Mishani

A fake suitcase bomb discovered in suburban Tel Aviv turns out to be only the first strand in an all-too- real web of deceit and malevolence.

A witness sees a man with a limp abandon a suitcase near a suburban...


Suddenly, Love: A Novel

by Aharon Appelfeld

A poignant, heartbreaking new work by “one of the best novelists alive” (Irving Howe)—the story of a lonely older man and his devoted young caretaker who transform each other’s lives in ways they could...


Falling Out of Time

by David Grossman

Following his magisterial To the End of the Land, the universally acclaimed Israeli author brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief––concise, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding...


Housebroken

by Yael Hedaya & Dalya Bilu

In a striking debut, three piercing, powerful novellas that unveil the hazards of love and desire.

The men, women, and even animals in this enthralling collection live at the mercy of their hearts. Young and...


Accidents

by Yael Hedaya

A captivating first novel of family, sex, love, and death from an "extraordinary" writer of "remarkable emotional power"

(Maureen Howard, Los Angeles Times Book Review)

For Shira Klein, Yonatan Luria, and his...


Lineup

by Liad Shoham

International bestselling author Liad Shoham makes his American debut in this compelling, superbly plotted crime thriller.

After a brutal rape disturbs a quiet Tel Aviv neighborhood, baffled detectives find no...


Death of Lysanda: Two Novellas

by Yitzhak Orpaz, Richard Flint & David Zaraf

This volume collects two macabre novellas by one of Israel’s greatest authors: The Death of Lysanda, which tells the story of a taxidermist heading steadily into insanity, and Ants, about an invasion of household...


The World of the End

by Ofir Touché Gafla

As an epilogist, Ben Mendelssohn appreciates an unexpected ending. But when that denouement is the untimely demise of his beloved wife, Ben is incapable of coping. Marian was more than his life partner; she...


The One Facing Us

by Ronit Matalon & Marsha Weinstein

A richly colored narrative of a flamboyant Jewish-Egyptian family and its dispersal across three continents, from Israel's most original new novelist.

Esther, seventeen years old, wild and rebellious, is sent...


Bliss

by Ronit Matalon & Jessica Cohen

Set in Tel Aviv and Paris, a powerful story of love, friendship, regret, and war, as current as today's headlines

Ronit Matalon's fiction has been praised as "haunting," "inventive," "refreshingly daring." Now...


The Missing File

Avraham Avraham #1

by D. A. Mishani

Detective Avraham Avraham must find a teenage boy who has vanished from his quiet suburban neighborhood.

Police detective Avraham Avraham knows that when a crime is committed in his sleepy suburb of Tel Aviv,...


The Retrospective

by A. B. Yehoshua

From the acclaimed author of A Woman in Jerusalem, a novel about a director, a screenwriter and an actress, old friends and colleagues who meet up for the first time in decades in Santiago de Compostela, and...


Kin

by Dror Burstein & Dalya Bilu

In prose both minimal and subtly off kilter, acclaimed novelist Dror Burstein introduces us-through the shifting relationships between an adopted child and his two sets of parents-to an Israel that is as peculiar,...


The People of Forever Are Not Afraid: A Novel

by Shani Boianjiu

A “searing debut” about three young women coming of age, experiencing “the absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence” (Vogue)

 

   Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny,...


The Loves of Judith: A Novel

by Meir Shalev & Barbara Harshav

A woman with three loves and a son with three fathers: a universal story of passion and personal destiny by the award-winning author of A Pigeon and a Boy.

 

When the mysterious Judith arrives in a small agricultural...


Soumchi

by Amos Oz, Quint Buchholz & Penelope Farmer

An eleven-year-old boy in British-occupied Jerusalem trades away one possession after another, only to find something much more wonderful--his first love. In the tradition of such memorable characters as Huckleberry...


Tzili: The Story of a Life

by Aharon Appelfeld & Dalya Bilu

The youngest, least-favored member of an Eastern European Jewish family, Tzili is considered an embarrassment by her parents and older siblings. Her schooling has been a failure, she is simple and meek, and...


The Last Romanov

by Dora Levy Levy Levy Levy Mossanen

IN A TIME OF RASPUTIN'S MAGIC AND ROMANOV MYSTERY, A YOUNG GIRL FINDS HERSELF AT THE HEART OF THE ROYAL FAMILY

She was an orphan, ushered into the royal palace on the prayers of her majestry. Yet, decades later,...


Second Person Singular

by Sayed Kashua & Mitch Ginsburg

"Part comedy of manners, part psychological mystery . . . Issues of nationalism, religion, and passing collide with quickly changing social and sexual mores." —Boston Globe

From one of the most important contemporary...