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Woman of Valor: A Novel

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She was determined to be the best wife, mother, and professional; something had to give… For weeks Woman of Valor topped Israel’s best-seller lists, conquering hearts. In trenchant and colorful prose, Lihi Lapid tells a true-life story of women (and men) struggling to live up to expectations (most of all their own): a story about shattered dreams, and about finding the strength to gather up the pieces and learn to smile again. Woman of Valor is a must-read for every mother. Lihi Lapid’s best-selling novel starts ...
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Overview

She was determined to be the best wife, mother, and professional; something had to give… For weeks Woman of Valor topped Israel’s best-seller lists, conquering hearts. In trenchant and colorful prose, Lihi Lapid tells a true-life story of women (and men) struggling to live up to expectations (most of all their own): a story about shattered dreams, and about finding the strength to gather up the pieces and learn to smile again. Woman of Valor is a must-read for every mother. Lihi Lapid’s best-selling novel starts where most love stories leave off: at the beginning of real life. Woman of Valor follows the lives of two women in their first years of motherhood. One is a fictional character trying to live happily ever after. The second woman is the author herself, who courageously and honestly relates her true-life experiences as a wife, mother, professional, and parent of a special needs child. Interspersed are actual letters from readers of Lapid’s popular newspaper column, sharing the most intimate moments of their lives.
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Publishers Weekly
11/11/2013
This insightful and poignant novel, translated from Hebrew, follows two couples as they navigate the terrain of marriage and children. Lapid, who writes an advice column for a popular Israeli newspaper, shares her own story side by side with that of a fictional couple whom she terms "the prince and princess." Both couples are desperately in love as they begin their marriages, but as their lives begin to grow more complicated with young children, financial stress, and social pressures, they lose sight of their original, pure goals and expectations. The painful downward spiral is told through a narrative that lacks dialogue but shares the innermost thoughts of husband and wife, and interweaves real letters from columnist Lapid's readers facing similar issues. Individuals of all faiths will relate to the challenges inherent in marriage and raising children, and will certainly benefit from Lapid's wake-up call to choose real-life happiness in a world of fairy-tale expectations. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789652296405
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
  • Publication date: 11/1/2013
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,219,893
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lihi Lapid is an author and journalist whose books and weekly column deal with contemporary women's issues. She publishes a weekly newspaper column in the Israeli paper Yediot Ahronot weekend supplements. She has written two bestselling novels, Secrets from Within and Woman of Valor, a cookbook entitled Lihi Lapid's Favorite Recipes, and a bestselling children's book, The Magic Whisper. Prior to becoming a writer, Ms. Lapid was a professional photographer. Educated at the prestigious Camera Obscura School of Art and Tel Aviv University, she served in the Israel Defense Forces as a photographer for its Bamachane magazine. She lives with her husband, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid, and their two children in Tel Aviv.

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