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Emuna Elon: House on Endless Waters

(Fiction, 320 pp. Hebrew, 2016; English translation, 2020)

An Israeli writer reluctantly returns to Amsterdam, the city of his birth, where he discovers the surprising truth about his mother’s wartime experience—unearthing a remarkable story that becomes the subject of his magnum opus. Part family mystery, part wartime drama, this novel is a meditation on identity, belonging, and the inextricable nature of past and present.

Reading Group Guide with discussion questions and interview from Simon & Schuster

Review from Kirkus Reviews

Review by Jordana Horn, The New York Times, January 21, 2020

Review by Julia M. Klein, The Forward, January 23, 2020

Review by Emily Gray Tedrowe, USA Today, January 6, 2020