A Remarkable Kindness

A Novel

by Diana Bletter

On Sale: 08/11/2015

A Remarkable Kindness

A Novel

by Diana Bletter

On Sale: 08/11/2015

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About the Book

Through a largely hidden ceremony…four friends discover the true meaning of life.

It's 2006 in a seaside village in Israel, where a war is brewing. Lauren, Emily, Aviva and Rachel, four memorable women from different backgrounds, are drawn to the village. Lauren, a maternity nurse, loves her Israeli doctor husband but struggles to make a home for herself in a foreign land miles away from her beloved Boston. Seeking a fresh start after divorce, her vivacious friend Emily follows. Strong, sensuous Aviva, brought to Israel years earlier by intelligence work, has raised a family and now lost a son. And Rachel, a beautiful, idealistic college graduate from Wyoming, arrives with her hopeful dreams.

The women forge a friendship that sustains them as they come to terms with love and loss, and the outbreak of war. Their intimate bond is strengthened by their participation in a traditional ritual that closes the circle of life. As their lives are slowly transformed, each finds unexpected strength and resilience.

Brimming with wisdom, rich in meaningful insights, A Remarkable Kindness is a moving testament to women’s friendship, illuminating a mostly unknown ritual that underscores what it means to truly be alive.

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Critical Praise

“Bletter brings this quartet of complex, gutsy, smart, passionate women to life with rare delicacy and depth . . . Loss and endings are part of this novel’s rich fabric. Gracefully written scenes . . . such respect and tenderness. ” - Janice Steinberg, author of The Tin Horse

“In this tightly woven tale, where war and loss hover over four American women living in Israel, love blooms between friends and lovers, and Bletter’s reverent rendering of the Jewish burial rituals implores us to grab hold of life.” - Michelle Brafman, author of Washing the Dead

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062382443
  • ISBN 10: 0062382446
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 08/11/2015
  • Pages: 416
  • List Price:18.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Jewish
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Cultural Heritage

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