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3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
For Shira Klein, Yonatan Luria, and his daughter, Dana, it is winter--winter at work, winter among friends, winter at home, and winter of the heart. Yonatan is a marginal writer, a fifty-year-old widower left to raise his child alone. When he meets Shira, a bestselling author paralyzed by stage fright, the thaw begins as man, woman, and girl enter a halting relationship, a ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Picador (first published September 1st 2005)
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Dec 20, 2009 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's possible and indeed probable that my issues with this novel were spurned more by a lousy translation than its actual flaws, but I have to work with what I have so here goes.
My husband asked me what the book I was in the middle of was about. I said, a widower who is raising a ten year old daughter and meets a love interest. And that was at page 170. Apparently Hedaya's style is to tell ALL and I do mean all. What's more, she does it like this:
Yonatan asked Shira if she wanted eggs. Shira sai
Sep 16, 2009 Gail rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
No matter how hard I tried to stay awake ... I kept falling asleep while reading this book ... and worse still, having to reread the same passages to start over again.

This doesn't happen often ... but I didn't finish it and closed the book for the last time.
Jul 18, 2016 Ilana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hedaya is smart, good with words, but this novel was a long, long trek toward nowhere at 453 pages. I was never sure why exactly I was turning page after page of a long description of the absolutely quotidian life of some Israelis. The Israeli-ness of it made me a tiny bit nostalgic for my life there, but that was it.
Aug 31, 2009 Bev rated it liked it
I found this brilliant in knowing what some people think and say: 1) In the investigation of relationships - uncanny how she is able to find the right words in the right place. 2) Dana, the child even had some incredible insights for as young as she was, but they fit for me with single parent girls in their early teens. 3) Being with someone you care about, as they die, were often spot on too. I am glad I read it, even though it took way to long to get through. I haven't been to Israel in a very ...more
Aug 31, 2014 Nick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved Yale Hedaya's other book, Eden. And since I am also a widower like one of her main characters, this book grabbed me right away. Have to say though that it is just not as good as Eden because nothing much happens. The first half of the book you are waiting for the protagonists to get together, and the second half of the book you are waiting for two things to happen (one does, but I won't give it away.) Despite Hedaya'shuge talents for writing dialgoue and monologue, I was not caught up as m ...more
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May 17, 2008 Rakesh Satyal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the most insightful books into human nature and romance that i have ever read. hedaya, who was a lead writer for the israeli version of "in treatment," has an absolutely astonishing gift for dialogue and conveying the interior monologues that run through her characters' minds while in the midst of conversation. heartbreaking, eye-opening, and gorgeously written. also, the look at modern-day tel aviv schooled me thoroughly in how cosmopolitan and western-influenced that city has become.
Feb 10, 2013 Tim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hit, adult-fiction
It always surprises me when books about fairly ordinary lives enthral me but this was definitely the case with this book (perhaps I'm just naturally voyeuristic). I loved the ease with which the author stepped into different lives and managed to see the world through so many different viewpoints with ease. It's also great to read a book where people with normal emotions, doubts and flaws fall in love and actually have sex without having perfect bodies.
Jan 10, 2009 Abbey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really interesting ensemble novel that explores the relationships between people. The story focuses on a widower, his daughter and their life together. That life changes when the widower falls in love and 'accidently' their lives become something completely different. I enjoyed the book but didn't find it to be spectaculor.
A "slow-motion" book about a widowed Israeli author and his precocious 10-year-old daughter trying to make it work after the death of his wife. Enter fellow depressive author Shira. The emotions feel authentic, but the story draaaaags.
Jul 18, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very pleasant surprise. I picked this up cold off a table at the library and it was a sophisticated treatment of the relationship between a widower, his new girlfriend, and his daughter. Definitely worth the time.
Ruth Sloviter
Author's first novel. Needs more editing to tighten the story. Her subsequent novel "Eden" was a better effort.
Aug 23, 2008 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I couldn't finish it but I got through about half. I downgraded the stars from four to three.
I am excited to read this - it was written in Hebrew and has been translated...
Jul 31, 2011 JLDzerens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Torturous to get through... so long and so slow...
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Yael Hedaya was born in Jerusalem in 1964, and now lives in Messilat Zion. She holds a BA in philosophy and liberal arts from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received an MA in English literature and creative writing from New York University. Hedaya has worked as a journalist and columnist for the mass circulation daily Yedioth Ahronoth and the Tel Aviv weekly, Ha'Ir. She was also one of the ...more
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