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Her Body Knows

Her Body Knows

Two Novellas

David Grossman

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A fevered storyteller and a captive audience revisit the past together in each of David Grossman's new novellas, trying to make sense of a betrayal that neither one can put to rest.

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 jealousy and self-loathing.

In the title story, 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 obssession, claustrophobia, and the need to confess, these two novellas mark a new departure from "a writer who has been, for nearly two decades, the one of the most original and talented ... anywhere." (The New York Times Book Review).

Her Body Knows

Frenzy
How does she do it? he wonders. Over and over again, the meticulous rituals she must perform and the nervous scurrying through rooms before leaving, slamming closet doors, opening and closing drawers....

Praise for Her Body Knows

“There isn't a more interesting novelist in the West today... If the Middle East has broken David Grossman's mighty heart, a howl is all that's left for the rest of us.” —John Leonard, Harper's Magazine

“We should all thank heaven that the world has such writers in it... Grossman's sympathetic and perceptive writing goes to the very heart of the most complicated dilemmas in the Arab-Israeli crisis.” —Amy Wilentz, The Los Angeles Times

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David Grossman

David Grossman is the author of six novels and two works of journalism. He lives in Jerusalem.

David Grossman

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