When We Danced on Water by Evan Fallenberg
A Novel

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Fromacclaimed author Evan Fallenberg, an exquisitelycrafted debut novel tells the story of a preeminent male ballet dancer in theautumn of his career—a Jew whose talent once saved him from the Nazis—whosefading passion for life will flare back to life after a new romance links himto a younger woman fleeing the ghosts of her past as an Israeli Soldier. Fallenberg’s Tel Aviv-set tale that will resonate withreaders of Wladyslaw Szpilman’sThe Pianist, Dalia Sofer’sThe Septembers of Shiraz, and Thrity Umrigar’s The Space Between Us, as well as any whohave been touched by war or diaspora, as two characters’ intimate journeypoignantly explores the pain of fractured pasts, the hope for second chances, thepotency of artistic catharsis, and the certainty that love can conquer all.


About Evan Fallenberg

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Evan Fallenberg is the author of Light Fell, winner of the American Library Association’s Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award for Literature, the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and the Samuel Goldberg Foundation Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers. His translation of Meir Shalev’s A Pigeon and a Boy won the National Jewish Book Council Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the PEN Translation Prize. He lives and teaches in Tel Aviv.
Published May 17, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 259 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fallenberg's (Light Fell) precise prose moves fluidly between the delicate and the bold, much like the aging dancer whose story he tells with such elegance.

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The Brooklyn Rail

After trying to bury his memories for so long, Teo is upset by seeing his life so plainly exposed, though the exhibition is a success and a career catalyst for Vivi.

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