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Some Day Paperback – October 15, 2013
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"Ardent, salty, whimsical, steamy, absurd . . . A wallop to the reader."
“Since I was little, I have thrilled at reading food-related passages in novels. But the food scenes in Some Day by Israeli novelist Shemi Zarhin are on another level. In one passage, Zarhin describes a dish so vividly I felt compelled to re-create it in my own kitchen … My mouth watered."
―Leah Koenig in Modern Jewish Cooking
―Miami Sun Sentinel
"Zarhin has added his name to the luminaries of Israeli literature."
―The Arts Fuse
"This thrilling, fresh, and surprising novel ought to draw the eyes of the literati back to Israel."
"Masterful . . . haunting . . . sublime . . . Zarhin's characters are so real they fairly jump off the page."
―The Jerusalem Post
A surreal story of twisted fates, with food in Israel saturating every page. Compelling and haunting, there is an addictive bitterness to Shemi Zarhin's writing."
―Joan Nathan, author of The Foods of Israel Today and Jewish Cooking in America
A fantastical-realist universe in which ... cuisine, which greases the wheels of the plot and connects people, is just as key a protagonist as the other characters in the book."
"Beautiful ... reading the book feels like going back in time ."
―Yael Stone, actor in Orange is the New Black
About the Author
Yardenne Greenspan: Yardenne Greenspan is a fiction writer and translator and holds an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University. A recipient of the American Literary Translators Association Fellowship, her translation projects include works by Israeli authors Rana Werbin and Yaakov Shabtai.
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Probably the worst part of this book is the (SPOILER ALERT) Shlomi sleeping with Hanna. I understand that the author wanted to show that the father's transgression reverberated in the son. I get that we're supposed to see the parallel between Shlomi and Robert, but the whole "and Shlomi slept with Hanna" is LAME.
Where present, the rendering of Israeli reality through the different years is interesting. One really starts to imagine a young country with its internal divisions between the kibbutzniks, Sefardim, Ashkenazim, etc, but these parts are few, and are overshadowed by much longer sex scenes which turn out to be ham fisted methods by which characters develop in this novel. There is quite literally no other impetus for development - only sex.
Doesn't let us forget that holocaust survivors and Their children suffered greatly
and keeps the reader aloft until the end. It is the story of several
interconnected families in Israel and their intergenerational
transmission of love and loss, dreams and failures, food and music all
within the broad context of the post holocaust immigration experience
which formed the state of Israel. The story spirals, continually
folding back in on its tales and characters, increasing the depth of
our understanding of the complicated relationships it explores -
including those of parents, siblings,spouses and friends. I learned to
not read this book before I ate because the preparation and serving of
food would leave my stomach grumbling. The attention to detail of
time and space are so well done as is the sympathy it has for all its
heartbroken characters which are so lovingly and generously written.
It is one of the best books I have read this year.