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- Publisher: Halban Publishers
- Format: Hardback | 464 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 220mm x 48mm | 581g
- Publication date: 6 November 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1905559089
- ISBN 13: 9781905559084
- Sales rank: 1,268,512
A long-married couple are spending an unaccustomed week apart. The wife has flown to East Africa to grieve the death of her sister with her brother-in-law, who had suffered worse heartbreak years earlier. The husband, a familiar Yehoshua character, stays behind in Israel for his busy lift engineering consultancy, and his large demanding family. The chapters alternate between husband and wife, creating a complex web of family relations, memories and discoveries, with death looming large over all. Friendly Fire explores themes touched upon in A.B. Yehoshua's earlier novels, with the author's customary stylistic brilliance, imagination and humour.
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A.B. Yehoshua is one of Israel's pre-eminent novelists. He has been awarded the prestigious Israel Prize for his lifetime's creative contribution to Israel, the National Jewish Book Award in the US, the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize in the UK where he was also shortlisted in 2005 for the first Man Booker International Prize.
PRAISE FOR "A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM" "[An] astonishing new novel . . . Like sacred music, the deepest chords resound."--John Leonard, "Harper's Magazine" "[A] masterpiece, a compact, strange work of Chekhovian grace, grief, wit and compassion."--Warren Bass, "The Washington Post Book World"