Books by Meir Shalev

TWO SHE-BEARS by Meir Shalev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This knotty, labyrinthine tale fails to add up to more than its parts."
A novel about love, desire, loss, and revenge in a small Israeli settlement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"An unconventional and quite hilarious family scrapbook."
Breezy chronicle of life with a hardworking Russian family headed by an obsessive matriarch with a "dirt phobia." Read full book review >
A PIGEON AND A BOY by Meir Shalev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"Forklift-loads of extraneous material dilute the drama."
Romance between two pigeon handlers has unexpected consequences in this award-winning novel from Israeli author Shalev. Read full book review >
THE LOVES OF JUDITH by Meir Shalev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1999

"Even so, the village mythologizing and the proverbs ('He couldn't say the names of wine, but his frying pan laughed and his knife danced in his hand—) will warm the hearts of many."
Shalev's third English translation (Esau, 1994) is set in post-WWII Palestine. Read full book review >
ESAU by Meir Shalev
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"Arm wrestling without the table."
Noted Israeli writer Shalev (The Blue Mountain, 1991) takes his time getting nowhere in particular as he tries to put a contemporary spin on the legendary biblical story of a lost inheritance and sibling rivalry. Read full book review >
THE BLUE MOUNTAIN by Meir Shalev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 1991

"A portrait, with footnotes, interesting and well-written—nothing more."
Reminiscent of a painting by Chagall, this portrait of a pioneer village in Israel is strong on atmosphere, color, myth, and symbols but weak on narrative drive. Read full book review >