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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
“Exquisite, marvelously peopled and extraordinarily moving.”—Aryeh Lev Stollman, author of The Illuminated Soul
Awarded the 2009 Stonewall Prize for Fiction, the first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table.
Winner of the Publishing Triangle's 2008 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction.
Twenty years have passed since Joseph left his family and his religious Israeli community when he fell in love with a man, the brilliant rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig. Now, for his fiftieth birthday, Joseph is preparing to have his five sons and the daughter-in-law he has never met spend the Sabbath with him in his Tel Aviv penthouse. This will be the first time he and his sons will have all been together in nearly two decades.
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.