by Amos Oz and Nicholas de Lange

Overview - International Bestseller

Winner of the International Literature Prize

Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

A New York Times Editors' Choice

" A] magnificent novel .

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More About Judas by Amos Oz; Nicholas de Lange
International Bestseller

Winner of the International Literature Prize

Finalist for the Man Booker International Prize

A New York Times Editors' Choice

" A] magnificent novel . . . Oz pitches the book's heartbreak and humanism perfectly from first page to last." -- New York Times Book Review

"Scintillating . . . An old-fashioned novel of ideas that is strikingly and compellingly modern." -- Observer

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abravanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.
At once an exquisite love story and a coming-of-age novel, an allegory for the state of Israel and for the biblical tale from which it draws its title, Judas is Amos Oz's most powerful novel in decades.

"Oz has written one of the most triumphant novels of his career." -- Forward

"A big] beautiful novel . . . Funny, wise, and provoking." -- Times (UK)

  • ISBN-13: 9781328745491
  • ISBN-10: 132874549X
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publish Date: November 2017
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.57 pounds

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Wally Lamb explores the ways in which the past impacts the present in his moving novel I’ll Take You There. Felix Funicello is a film buff who hosts a weekly movie event in an old cinema. One night in the theater, Felix is visited by two ghosts: Lois Weber, a pioneering silent-film director, and Billie Dove, who starred in one of Lois’ movies. The two spirits invite Felix to observe chapters from his past by watching them on the theater’s screen. The scenes feature the women who have most influenced him, including his daughter, aspiring writer Aliza, and his adopted sister, Frances. Initially, Felix is unsettled by his interactions with the ghosts, but he begins to anticipate their visits. Lamb uses the movie screening as a powerful narrative device—it’s an effective way of exploring Felix’s personal history—and his ghosts from the bygone days of Hollywood are wonderfully convincing. This is a rich and powerful novel that’s sure to satisfy Lamb’s many fans.

A finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, Amos Oz’s poignant novel Judas takes place in Jerusalem in the 1950s. A young scholar in search of himself, Shmuel Ash is recovering from a breakup when he goes to work as a live-in attendant to gruff, elderly Gershom Wald, a former schoolteacher. Atalia Abravanel, an older woman whose late father was a Zionist organizer, also lives in Gershom’s apartment. Shmuel is captivated by Atalia, who remains elusive to him despite the close quarters. As time goes by, the three housemates—all very different, all trying to make sense of the past—learn more about one another and the connections that bind them. Oz delivers a timeless story of love, identity and the search for self in this beautifully rendered novel. Presenting fascinating insights into the nation of Israel—his home country—while taking inspiration from the traditional story of Judas, Oz constructs a multilayered narrative that’s provocative and rewarding.

The Keeper of Lost Things, the impressive debut novel from British author Ruth Hogan, is a stirring exploration of love, the passage of time and the experiences—and objects—that inform everyday life. Anthony Peardew is filled with regret after he misplaces a gift he received from his fiancée, Therese. When she unexpectedly dies, he begins collecting abandoned items—gloves, umbrellas, buttons—and writing stories inspired by them. After 40 years of collecting, Anthony, now an elderly man, bestows his home and assemblage of objects upon his assistant, Laura. Single and somewhat at loose ends, Laura finds a new sense of purpose when she takes over Anthony’s estate, where her duties include returning Anthony’s items to their original owners. A beautifully crafted novel from a promising new writer, this is a narrative that holds many surprises. It’s a delightful read that’s just right for December.


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