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“Love Life moves with a naturalness and grace that mirrors life’s complexity, and offers a brutally honest and often brilliant tour of individual and family psychology.” The Washington Post Book World
978-0-8021-3781-4 • $13.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2001
Hailed by Tel Aviv as “one of the most inspired novels ever written in Israeli literature,” Zeruya Shalev’s Love Life is the bold and visceral story of a young married woman’s turbulent affair with an older man. The novel spent four months as Israel’s number-one best-seller and has been published to great acclaim in six languages. Mesmerizing and fiercely disturbing, Love Life unbuttoned Hebrew literature and now marks the American debut of an extraordinary new voice in contemporary fiction.
When Yaara meets Aryeh, her father’s boyhood friend, she is immediately drawn to his impassive and archly assured presence. It is not long before she forsakes her devoted and well-meaning husband for the powerful, mysterious man who seems to embody all she lacks: will, strength, and the key to her parents’ inaccessible pasts. They embark on a heated affair that soon spirals toward the destructive as Yaara finds that the things in Aryeh that attract her also repel her with equal intensity. With shocking immediacy, Shalev lays bare Yaara’s struggle to navigate extreme terrain ranging from the sublime to the grotesque, the sacred to the profane, the liberating to the all-consuming. A gut-wrenching and feverishly lyrical crash course in the anatomy of obsession, Love Life is cerebral, seductive, provocative, and profound.