When We Danced on Water
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When We Danced on Water

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Fromacclaimed author Evan Fallenberg, an exquisitelycrafted debut novel tells the story of a preeminent male ballet dancer in theautumn of his career--a Jew whose talent once saved him from the Nazis--whosefading passion for life will flare back to life after a new romance links himto a younger woman fleeing the ghosts of her past as an Israeli Soldier. Fallenberg's Tel Aviv-set tale that will resonate withreaders of Wladyslaw Szpilman'sThe Pianist, Dalia Sofer'sThe Septembers of Shiraz, and Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us, as well as any whohave been touched by war or diaspora, as two characters' intimate journeypoignantly explores the pain of fractured pasts, the hope for second chances, thepotency of artistic catharsis, and the certainty that love can conquer all.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 237 pages
  • 134 x 204 x 17mm | 191g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0062033328
  • 9780062033321
  • 359,828

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At eighty-five, Teo is ready to retire from the bombast and romance of life as one of the world's most influential choreographers. But when he meets Vivi, a fortyish waitress at a Tel Aviv café, the fires of his youth flare back to life--his passion for a woman's touch, his long-buried anguish at his wartime experiences, and his complex engagement with dance. Vivi's life will change, too, as the warmth of Teo's affection counterbalances her harrowing time as an Israeli soldier in an illicit relationship. For both, their investment in art, and indeed in life itself, will reawaken as the ghosts of their suppressed pasts--from Warsaw to Copenhagen, Berlin to Tel Aviv--cry out for forgiveness and healing.

With lustrous prose capturing the grit and fury of history and the breathtaking power of passion, When We Danced on Water is a compelling novel of intimacy and identity, art and ambition, and how love can truly transcend tragedy.
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Review quote

"The poetic [When We Danced on Water] is read easily in a few sittings, and the light of Tel Aviv, the pure beauty and sensuality of dance and the powerful affirmation of life, are deeply felt."--New York Jewish Week
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273 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 22% (59)
4 48% (130)
3 22% (61)
2 6% (17)
1 2% (6)
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