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Jeff Talarigo

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Jeff Talarigo is the author of three novels and numerous short stories. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, he has received many honors, including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Award for his first novel “The Pearl Diver”, one of eleven novels on the 2009 Notable Books List by the American Library Association for his second novel “The Ginseng Hunter”, NPR’s 2008 “Under the Radar”, a 2005 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book, been featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and awarded a fellowship at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2006-07. His work has been published in five languages. He lived in Japan for fifteen years and twice lived in the Gaza Strip, the setting for his third novel “In the Ceme ...more

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The Pearl Diver

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The Ginseng Hunter

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The Pearl Diver by Jeff Talarigo
"i almost never cry while reading books. i WEPT TWICE reading this. a haphazard and non-exhaustive list of things i liked in this, in no particular order:

- what a grounded and... thoroughly sympathetic snapshot of the lives of people in the leprosariu" Read more of this review »
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"The time 1948 in post-WW2 Japan. The story of a 19 year old girl who is sent to a leper colony. The disease never advances, but she is still forced to stay on the island of Nagashima. There she discovers the horrors and human suffering that the inhab" Read more of this review »
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"Fair warning– the author of this book is my coworker, Jeff Telarigo. We teach at the same school. I had been meaning to read his books for a while, but it wasn’t until I had a flight that I picked it up for a bit of plane reading. I was hoping I woul" Read more of this review »
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“If our children are unable to voice what they mean, no one will know how they feel. If they can’t imagine a different world, they are stumbling through a darkness made all the more sinister by its lack of reference points. For a young person growing up in America’s alienated neighborhoods, there can be no greater empowerment than to dare to speak from the heart — and then to discover that one is not alone in ones feelings.”
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“Imagine that the correct words had been chosen by those people who are in charge of our lives. A few well-though-out words and things might have been different. Unfortunately, they have chosen all the wrong words.”
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“Imagine that the correct words had been chosen by those people who are in charge of our lives. A few well-though-out words and things might have been different. Unfortunately, they have chosen all the wrong words.”
Jeff Talarigo, The Pearl Diver

“If our children are unable to voice what they mean, no one will know how they feel. If they can’t imagine a different world, they are stumbling through a darkness made all the more sinister by its lack of reference points. For a young person growing up in America’s alienated neighborhoods, there can be no greater empowerment than to dare to speak from the heart — and then to discover that one is not alone in ones feelings.”
Rita Dove




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