The Fairest Among Women by Shifra Horn

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Acclaimed Israeli author Shifra Horn follows up her award-winning, bestselling debut novel, Four Mothers, with a new novel retelling the legendary life story of the most beautiful woman in all Jerusalem.

Rosa's life coincides with the fifty years of the state of Israel-she was born during the War of Independence in the 1940s and disappears on a cold winter night in the 1990s-and her absorbing tale is part history, part fairy tale, and part legend.

From her earliest memories of the battle over West Jerusalem in 1948 and hearing the sounds of looters dragging carpets through the streets on the morning after the Battle of Saint Simon, to her childhood in the neighborhood of Katamon, to her three marriages and eight children named after American movie stars, Rosa's life-with its triumphs and tragedies-transcends the worlds of fiction, history, and folklore all at once to become a unique literary accomplishment.

Part family saga, part political history, and part legend, readers will be as enamored of the story of Rosa and her world as all of the citizens of Jerusalem were of Rosa herself.


About Shifra Horn

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Shifra Horn lives in Jerusalem, where "Four Mothers" was a national bestseller.
Published January 1, 2001 by Piatkus. 362 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Birth, death, three husbands, eight children, and a few grumpy ghosts are just some of the details in the grand life of Rosa, courtesy of Israeli novelist Horn (Four Mothers, 1999, etc.).

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Soon the house is crowded with other refugees from the Jewish Quarter, and they move on to an apartment house in Katamon G, where Angela and Rosa both live out their lives, Angela remaining faithful to her husband to the last and Rosa taking on husband after husband.

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