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From the author of Not Me, this powerful novel about an Israeli father and his daughter brings to life a rich canvas of events and unexpected change in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.

In the galvanizing opening of The Wanting, the celebrated Russian-born postmodern architect Roman Guttman is injured in a bus bombing the result of which is that his life and perceptions become heightened and disturbed, and he embarks on an ill-advised journey into Palestinian territory. The ...

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The Wanting: A Novel

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Overview

From the author of Not Me, this powerful novel about an Israeli father and his daughter brings to life a rich canvas of events and unexpected change in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.

In the galvanizing opening of The Wanting, the celebrated Russian-born postmodern architect Roman Guttman is injured in a bus bombing the result of which is that his life and perceptions become heightened and disturbed, and he embarks on an ill-advised journey into Palestinian territory. The account of Roman's desert odyssey alternates with the vivacious, bittersweet diary of his thirteen-year-old daughter Anyusha (on her own perilous path, of which Roman is ignorant) and the startlingly alive witnessings of Amir, the young Palestinian who pushed the button and is now damned to observe the havoc he has wrought from a shaky beyond. Enriched by flashbacks to the alluringly sad tale of Anyusha's mother, a famous Russian refusenik who died for her beliefs, The Wanting is a poignant study of the costs of extremism, but is most satisfying as a story of characters enmeshed in their imperfect love for one another, and for the heartbreakingly complex world in which that love is wrought.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781470836702
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 10
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL LAVIGNE was educated at Millersville State College and the University of Chicago, where he did graduate work on the Committee on Social Thought. His first novel, Not Me, was the recipient of the Sami Rohr Choice Award for emerging Jewish writers, an American Library Association Sophie Brody Honor Book, a Book of the Month Club Alternate, and was translated into three languages. He has worked extensively in advertising, for which he has won numerous awards, and has been an instructor of writing for radio and television at the Academy of Arts University. He lived in the Soviet Union for three years and now lives in San Francisco with his wife, Gayle Geary.

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