Yael Hedaya Accidents: A Novel

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Accidents: A Novel

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A captivating first novel of family, sex, love, and death from an "extraordinary" writer of "remarkable emotional power"
(Maureen Howard, Los Angeles Times Book Review)

For Shira Klein, Yonatan Luria, and his daughter, Dana, it is winter-winter at work, winter among friends, winter at home, and winter of the heart. Yonatan is a marginal writer, a fifty-year-old widower left to raise his child alone. When he meets Shira, a bestselling author paralyzed by stage fright, the thaw begins as man, woman, and girl enter a halting romance, alternately tender and belligerent, generous and withdrawn.

To the accompaniment of a full chorus of voices-of friends, neighbors, ex-lovers, parents-speaking from the past as well as the present, this family in the making gropes its way toward the comfort of love while navigating through ordinary pains: a dying father, angry children, wounding moments, and a distressing difference in the writers' levels of success which they wish would vanish even as it grows.

An ensemble story marked by Yael Hedaya's exquisite sensitivity, Accidents follows its cast through fragility, vulnerability, and joy, accruing the small events of unremarkable days to produce a grand vision of the shared life. Rarely has the fictional world of family been plumbed with such knowingness, humor, and love.

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A journalist and humor columnist for the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot, Yael Hedaya teaches journalism and creative writing at Tel Aviv University. Accidents, her first novel, was a bestseller in Israel and will be published in four languages.

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This first novel from the Israeli author of the short story collection Housebroken (2001) presents an intimate portrait of a family under construction. Yonaton Luria, a widower raising a precocious daughter, is an author suffering from writer's block. The loss of his wife and the duties of parenting overwhelm him. His daughter, Dana, suffers the pain of being an outsider at school. When Shira Klein, a best-selling author paralyzed by stage fright, meets Yonaton, romance develops. The author's detailed, slowly unfolding story captures the growth of affection and the conflicts inherent in new relationships. By presenting the views of parents, children, friends, neighbors, and former lovers, Hedaya is able to bring an impressive multidimensionality to her characters as they alternately care for a dying father, seek the approval of the cool group, and grapple with differing levels of success in their work. The novel was a critical and popular success in Israel and should find an appreciative audience among literary fiction readers in this country, especially those familiar with the work of Israeli authors David Grossman and Amos Oz. Barbara Bibel
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