Title: The Ascent of Eli Israel and Other Stories
Publisher: Arcade Publishing, New York
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First edition, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, dated, and located by the author on the title page: "To Nancy, / Happy Birthday / All the best / Jon Papernick / 9-11-2010 / Carlisle [Mass.]." The author's first book, a collection of short stories set in Israel in the early 1990s. A sticker on the half-title page says, "Papernick the Book Peddler / Bringing Market-Fresh Fiction Directly to the People." In summer 2010 Papernick sold books from a pushcart at various farmers' markets in New Engand. Quarterbound in blue cloth-covered boards with a black paper, gold-lettered spine. Book is tight, square, and unmarked; the dust jcket is not price-clipped (original price $23.95). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003234
Synopsis: In these disturbing, haunting, yet strangely beautiful stories, the terrible carnage of the Middle East is rendered in unforgettable form. In "An Unwelcome Guest," a young Jewish settler from New York plays a deadly game of backgammon with a ghostly old Arab while his pregnant wife sleeps unaware. In "The King of the King of Falafel," a restaurant rivalry ends in apocalyptic violence. And in the brilliant, horrifying title story, a lonely shepherd wanders a broken no-man's land, carrying with him the burden of an unspeakable act. A collection of startling authority and vivid imagination, it heralds the arrival of a masterful new storyteller.
About the Author: Jon Papernick worked as a reporter in Israel for several years and was in the country at the time of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He teaches elementary school in Brooklyn and is at work on a novel.
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