A Wall of Light
A NovelBook - 2005
Following on the heels of the critically acclaimedTen Thousand Lovers(finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award) andLook for Me(winner of the Hugh MacLennan Prize), this last book of the Tel Aviv trilogy tells the poignant, humorous and heartbreaking story of three generations of an Israeli family. "I am Sonya Vronsky, professor of mathematics at Tel Aviv University, and this is the story of a day in late August. On this remarkable day I kissed a student, pursued a lover, found my father, and left my brother." So begins Edeet Ravel's captivating novel, which follows Sonya on a life-changing journey that leads her to the heart of Jerusalem, and to the heart of family secrets. Her day begins as any other, with an elaborate breakfast prepared by her brother. Kostya has always been the centre of their family, working part-time so he can look after everyone and trying to keep things in order -- a near-impossible task in a place like Tel Aviv. His wife, a lawyer, is murdered in the course of an investigation she is conducting. His son, Noah, leaves Israel after his stint in the army to pursue art studies in Berlin. And his mother, formerly an actress and waitress at the famous Cassit café of bohemian Tel Aviv, loses her memory and is taken to a nursing home. Sonya is the only one left for Kostya to hover over and cook for. But her Sleeping Beauty existence comes abruptly to an end when she is roused by a kiss. Not only does she discover love, but she realizes that her family, who had promised to give her all they had, has kept the most valuable gift from her. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, c2005
Branch Call Number: RAV
Characteristics: 256 p. ;,22 cm