- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Soho Press (January 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569475369
- ISBN-13: 978-1569475362
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,543,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Awarded the 2009 Stonewall Prize for Fiction.
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“Touching . . . It raises brave questions about the nature of family and betrayal, rupture and healing." —San Francisco Chronicle
"A stirring exploration of obsession, spirituality and the healing power of time . . . Light Fell is an astonishingly accomplished first novel, wisely attuned to life’s infinitely strange turns." —The Miami Herald
"Evan Fallenberg has written an honest and brave book." —Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of An Almost Perfect Moment
"Elegant . . . Moving.” —The Jewish Daily Forward
"Powerful." —Victoria Redel, author of The Border of Truth
"Credible and absorbing." —Publishers Weekly
"Fallenberg’s smoothly flowing observations of father-son bonds and of love of many kinds resonates on many levels.” —Booklist
"Intelligent." —Kirkus Reviews
"Compelling." —Library Journal
"Exquisite, marvelously peopled and extraordinarily moving." —Aryeh Lev Stollman, author of The Illuminated Soul
About the Author
Evan Fallenberg is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and has lived in Israel since 1985, where he is a writer, teacher, and translator. His recent translations include novels by Batya Gur, Meir Shalev, and Ron Leshem. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Vermont College MFA program in creative writing. Light Fell is his first novel.
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If you are gay and Jewish, particularly if you grow up in a household with any degree of religious observance, this book will mesmerize you on many levels. From his beginning as a "conventional" intellectual, balancing his studies with a family of five highly diverse boys and his wife, to his metamorphosis to his independence as a gay man trying to reconnect with his children, the story amazes and spellbinds.
Evan Fallenberg's flowing prose navigates us admirably through the complexities of these relationships, against the background of Israeli moshav life in the 1970s, and later, Tel Aviv in the 1990s.
A powerful and thought-provoking book, lifting us well above the usual banalities of gay relationships.