Two She-Bears by Meir Shalev
A Novel

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One of Israel's most celebrated novelists—the acclaimed author of A Pigeon and a Boy—now gives us a story of village love and vengeance in the early days of British Palestine that is still being played out two generations later.

“In the year 1930, three farmers committed suicide here . . . but contrary to the chronicles of our committee and the conclusions of the British policeman, the people of the moshava knew that only two of the suicides had actually taken their own lives, whereas the third suicide had been murdered.” This is the contention of Ruta Tavori, a high school teacher and independent thinker in this small farming community, writing seventy years later about that murder and about two charismatic men she loves and is trying to forgive—her grandfather and her husband—and her son, whom she mourns and misses. In a story rich with the grit, humor, and near-magical evocation of Israeli rural life for which Meir Shalev is beloved by readers, Ruta weaves a tale of friendship between men, of love and betrayal, that carries us from British Palestine to present-day Israel, where forgiveness, atonement, and understanding can finally happen.

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One of Israel's most celebrated novelists, Meir Shalev was born in 1948 on Nahalal, Israel's first moshav. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and have been best sellers in Israel, Holland, and Germany. Honors he has received include the National Jewish Book Award and the Brenner Prize, one of Israel's top literary awards, for A Pigeon and a Boy. A columnist for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, he lives in Jerusalem and in the north of Israel.
Published September 13, 2016 by Schocken. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The tragic death of a beloved six-year-old son is the pivotal event of award-winning Israeli author Shalev's new novel, which, like his best-selling The Loves of Judith, opens in a 1930s farming community in what was then called British Palestine and ends in present-day Israel. Narrator Ruta Tavo...

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