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Her Body Knows

Her Body Knows

Two Novellas

David Grossman



A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

A fevered storyteller and a captive audience revisit the past in both of David Grossman's novellas, trying to make sense of a betrayal that neither one can put to rest. In Frenzy, a reserved and respectable man draws his sister-in-law into a paranoid conviction---that his wife is having an affair. In the title novella, a successful but embittered novelist delivers a merciless account of her dying mother's love affair with a much younger teenage boy. "Suffused with delirious tension and characters more substantial than in most novels twice its size" (The Village Voice), Her Body Knows is a disquieting journey into the nature of infidelity and desire.

Praise for Her Body Knows

“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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David Grossman

David Grossman is the author of several novels, including Someone to Run With (2004); the 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.

David Grossman


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