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The New Life

by Orhan Pamuk & Guneli Gun Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 16, 2014)

Osman is a young university student whose life is changed by a chance encounter with a mysterious book. Osman becomes obsessed with the book, which seems to contain all the magic and power of life and love....


The Black Book

by Orhan Pamuk & Guneli Gun Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 16, 2014)

The Black Book is a stunning tapestry of Middle Eastern and Islamic culture which confirms Orhan Pamuk's reputation as a writer of international stature, comparable to Borges and Calvino.

Galip is an Istanbul...


Khirbet Khizeh

by S. Yizhar, Yaacob Dweck, Nicholas de Lange & David Shulman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 09, 2014)

"Exhilarating . . . How often can you say about a harrowing, unquiet book that it makes you wrestle with your soul?" —Neel Mukherjee, The Times (London)

It's 1948 and the Arab villagers of Khirbet Khizeh are...


The Hilltop: A Novel

by Assaf Gavron Scribner (October 07, 2014)

Mordantly funny and deeply moving, this award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as “brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) and “The Great Israeli Novel [in which]...


In Praise of Hatred

by Khaled Khalifa & Leri Price St. Martin's Press (April 08, 2014)

In 1980s Syria, a young Muslim girl lives a secluded life behind the veil in the vast and perfumed house of her grandparents. Her three aunts-the pious Maryam, the liberal Safaa, and the free-spirited Marwa-raise...


Lily la Tigresse

by Alona Kimhi & Dalya Bilu Dalkey Archive Press (November 14, 2013)

The hilarious second novel from actress and bestselling novelist Alona Kimhi holds up a comically warped mirror to contemporary Israel, as well as the very notion of “chick lit.”  The hilarious second...


Bliss

by O. Z. Livaneli St. Martin's Press (December 03, 2013)

Meryem, a fifteen-year-old girl, lives in a rural village on the shores of Lake Van in Eastern Turkey. Her simple life changes dramatically after her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order, rapes her. She is considered...


Accidents

by Yael Hedaya Henry Holt and Co. (October 22, 2013)

A captivating first novel of family, sex, love, and death from an "extraordinary" writer of "remarkable emotional power"

(Maureen Howard, Los Angeles Times Book Review)

For Shira Klein, Yonatan Luria, and his...


Children of the Jacaranda Tree: A Novel

by Sahar Delijani Atria Books (June 18, 2013)

New York Times bestselling author Khaled Hosseini says, “Set in post-revolutionary Iran, Sahar Delijani’s gripping novel is a blistering indictment of tyranny, a poignant tribute to those who bear the scars...


The One Facing Us

by Ronit Matalon & Marsha Weinstein Henry Holt and Co. (May 21, 2013)

A richly colored narrative of a flamboyant Jewish-Egyptian family and its dispersal across three continents, from Israel's most original new novelist.

Esther, seventeen years old, wild and rebellious, is sent...


Bliss

by Ronit Matalon & Jessica Cohen Henry Holt and Co. (May 21, 2013)

Set in Tel Aviv and Paris, a powerful story of love, friendship, regret, and war, as current as today's headlines

Ronit Matalon's fiction has been praised as "haunting," "inventive," "refreshingly daring." Now...


We Are All Equally Far from Love

by Adania Shibli & Paul Starkey Clockroot Books (November 07, 2012)

A new award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of Touch

A young woman, asked at work to write a letter to an older man, does as she is told. So begins an enigmatic but passionate love affair conducted entirely...


The Smile of the Lamb

by David Grossman & Betsy Rosenberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 01, 2003)

In a chorus of voices David Grossman's The Smile of the Lamb tells the story of Uri, an idealistic young Israeli soldier serving in an army unit in the small Palestinian village of Andal, in the occupied territories,...


The Zigzag Kid

by David Grossman & Betsy Rosenberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 01, 2003)

David Grossman's classic novels See Under: Love and The Book of Intimate Grammar, earned him international acclaim as an author of childhood. The Zig Zag Kid is written in a more optimistic vein, and recounts...


See Under: LOVE

by David Grossman & Betsy Rosenberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 12, 2002)

In this powerful novel by one of Israel's most prominent writers, Momik, the only child of Holocaust survivors, grows up in the shadow of his parents' history. Determined to exorcise the Nazi "beast" from their...


The Book of Intimate Grammar

by David Grossman & Betsy Rosenberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 04, 2002)

Leading Israeli novelist David Grossman gives us the story of the greatest and most universal tragedy, the loss of the world of childhood. At twelve, Aron Kleinfeld is the ringleader among the boys in his Jerusalem...


Someone to Run With

by David Grossman, Vered Almog & Maya Gurantz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 01, 2005)

Earnest, awkward, and painfully shy, sixteen-year-old Assaf is having the worst summer of his life. With his big sister gone to America and his best friend suddenly the most popular kid in their class, Assaf...


Be My Knife

by David Grossman, Vered Almog & Maya Gurantz Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 19, 2003)

The international bestseller: a compelling love story from the leading Israeli novelist of his generation

"We could be like two people who inject themselves with truth serum, and at long last have to tell it--the...


Her Body Knows

by David Grossman Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 11, 2006)

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...


The Journey of Little Gandhi

by Elias Khoury & Paula Haydar Picador (November 24, 2009)

"Los Angeles has Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler, and Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk. The beautiful, resilient city of Beirut belongs to Khoury."--Laila Lalami, Los Angeles Times

From the author of Gate of the Sun and...


City Gates

by Elias Khoury & Paula Haydar Picador (November 27, 2007)

City Gates was first published in Arabic in 1981, and in English in 1993. It is a further exploration of the themes of exile, dislocation, and identity. Elias Khoury's early works show him finding the distinctive...


Little Mountain

by Elias Khoury, Maia Tabet & Edward W. Said Picador (November 27, 2007)

Written in the opening phases of the Lebanese Civil War (1975--1990), Little Mountain is told from the perspectives of three characters: a Joint Forces fighter; a distressed civil servant; and an amorphous figure,...


Kin

by Dror Burstein & Dalya Bilu Dalkey Archive Press (November 13, 2012)

Emil, the unwanted child of two young parents, is adopted by Yoel and Leah, a childless couple. Yet, as the years pass, it becomes clear that Emil doesn't bear much resemblance to the parents who've loved and...


The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

by Sarit Yishai-Levi & Anthony Berris St. Martin's Press (April 05, 2016)

Finalist for the Book Club category of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards.

The #1 International Best Seller, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a dazzling novel of mothers and daughters, stories told and untold,...


Bearing the Body

by Ehud Havazelet Picador (December 08, 2015)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

At the start of Bearing the Body, Nathan Mirsky learns that his older brother has died in San Francisco, apparently murdered after years of aimlessness. On the spur of...


The Yacoubian Building

by Alaa Al Aswany HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

This controversial bestselling novel in the Arab world reveals the political corruption, sexual repression, religious extremism, and modern hopes of Egypt today.

All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside...


The Sound of Our Steps

by Ronit Matalon & Dalya Bilu Henry Holt and Co. (August 04, 2015)

Gorgeously observed and emotionally powerful, The Sound of Our Steps is an inventive novel of immigration and exile from Ronit Matalon, a major voice in contemporary Israeli fiction

In the beginning there was...


Lies, First Person

by Gail Hareven & Dalya Bilu Open Letter (January 19, 2015)

From the Best Translated Book Award–winning author, a novel of revenge, insanity, lies, and Hitler.


Alexandrian Summer

by Yitzhak Gormezano Goren, Yardenne Greenspan & André Aciman New Vessel Press (April 27, 2015)

Love, lust, and the convulsions of history surge through this dazzling novel about the vanished cosmopolitan world of Alexandria.