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Her Body Knows

Two Novellas

David Grossman

Picador

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year
Winner of the Koret International Jewish Book Award
 
In Frenzy, reserved, respectable Shaul lets his sister-in-law, Esti, into a secret nightmare as he reveals to her his conviction that his wife is having an affair. Along with Esti, we find ourselves trapped in his paranoia and desperation as we accompany the odd pair down Israel's highways on a journey that reveals a passion perverted by jealously and self-loathing.

In the title novella, a successful but embittered novelist visits her mother, who is in the last stages of cancer. Grossman investigates the powers of storytelling to harm and heal as the daughter reads aloud her own imagined, merciless account of her mother's love affair with a much younger teenage boy. Gradually it becomes clear that, for all its anger, the daughter's story and the writing process itself have led her to a new appreciation of her mother's difficult character, and her own.

Studies in obsession, claustrophobia, and the need to confess, these two novellas mark a new departure for a novelist who "has claimed a place in the front ranks of contemporary Israeli writers with his lyrical yet penetrating explorations of his fellow countrymen's psyches" (Time Out New York).

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"Grossman's description is deeply erotic, bristling with physical detail. His sentences are dizzying, intoxicating, and Jessica Cohen's translation captures their intricate intensity. . . . He writes of marriage and desire, jealousy and motherhood, loyalty and betrayal, and all the while he is mapping an entire country's anxieties and longings."--Tova Mirvis, The New York Times Book Review
 
"Intense and engaging . . . vastly compelling . . . Grossman's work is graced with dynamic, flawed, and utterly believable characters and masterful internal and external dialogues. Deeply moving and beautifully written, this book is highly recommended."--Library Journal
 
"Grossman is a talented writer---elegant, even luxurious. . . . His writing is achingly sensual, the humor sly . . . the language is always lush and generous. . . . Her Body Knows should win him a wider audience."--The Washington Post
 
"Grossman effects a psychological intensity that leaves one breathless."--The Miami Herald
 
"Riveting and heart wrenching . . . reverberate[s] long after the final word has been read."--O, The Oprah Magazine

"So powerful is Grossman's storytelling, that it takes the reader's breath away."--Chicago Jewish Star

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • David Grossman

  • David Grossman is the author of six novels, most recently Someone to Run With (2004); two works of journalism, The Yellow Wind (1988) and Sleeping on a Wire (1993); and a volume of collected commentary, Death as a Way of Life (2003). He lives in Jerusalem.
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Her Body Knows

Two Novellas

David Grossman

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