Between Friends by Amos Oz

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Between Friends is the lucid and heartbreaking chronicle of one such well-intentioned and hard-working community of lonely souls.
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Winner, National Jewish Book Award

“[A] gorgeous, rueful collection . . . that lays bare the deepest human longings.” — Chicago Tribune

In Between Friends, Amos Oz returns to the kibbutz of the late 1950s, the time and place where his writing began. These eight interconnected stories, set in the fictitious Kibbutz Yekhat, draw masterly profiles of idealistic men and women enduring personal hardships in the shadow of one of the greatest collective dreams of the twentieth century. A devoted father who fails to challenge his daughter’s lover, an old friend, a man his own age; an elderly gardener who carries on his shoulders the sorrows of the world; a woman writing perversely poignant letters to her husband’s mistress. Each of these stories is a luminous human and literary study; together they offer an eloquent portrait of an idea, and of a charged and fascinating epoch. Amos Oz at home. And at his best.

“Lucid and heartbreaking.” — Guardian (UK)

“All Israeli life is here, rendered in loving detail.” — Mail on Sunday (UK)
 

About Amos Oz

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Amos Oz was born in Jerusalem in 1939. He is the author of fourteen novels and collections of short fiction, and numerous works of nonfiction. His acclaimed memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness was an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. Scenes from Village Life, a New York Times Notable Book, was awarded the Prix Méditerranée Étranger in 2010. He lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.
 
Published September 24, 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 195 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Alberto Manguel on May 08 2013

Between Friends is the lucid and heartbreaking chronicle of one such well-intentioned and hard-working community of lonely souls.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by David Cooper on Sep 18 2013

In the final story the funeral of Martin Vandenberg provides an emotional catharsis as readers bid farewell not only to that admirable character but also to all the characters Mr. Oz has portrayed with warmth and of whom readers will have grown fond.

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Reviewed by Rebecca Abrams on May 24 2013

...the quality of the writing, the way in which Oz renders his characters so distinctively individual in their suffering and egotism, somehow resists reduction.

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