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A.B. Yehoshua: The Liberated Bride

(Fiction, 568 pp. Hebrew, 2001; English translation, 2004)

Yehoshua focuses on the family and professional life of a Haifa professor of Near Eastern Studies to reveal a web of relationships linking characters from diverse sectors of Israeli society.  Rich in detail and humor, the novel deftly explores the deep divides in a complex country, illuminating the struggles of Jews and Arabs and husbands and wives to live together in peace.