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The sound of our steps: a novel
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Contributors:
Bilu, Dalya, translator.
Published:
New York : Metropolitan Books, [2015].
Physical Desc:
364 pages ; 25 cm.
Status:
Central
FICTION Matalon, R.
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"In the beginning there was Lucette, who is the mother to three children--Sammy, a gentle giant, almost blind, but a genius with locks; Corinne, a flighty beauty who cannot keep a job; and "the child," an afterthought, who strives to make sense of her fractured Egyptian-Jewish immigrant family. Lucette's children would like a kinder, warmer home, but what they have is a government-issued concrete box, out in the thorns and sand on the outskirts of Tel Aviv; and their mother, hard-worn and hardscrabble, who cleans homes by night and makes school lunches by day. Lucette quarrels with everybody, speaks only Arabic and French, is scared only of snakes, and is as likely to lock her children out as to take in a stray dog. The child recounts her years in Lucette's house, where Israel's wars do not intrude and hold no interest. She puzzles at the mysteries of her home, why her father, a bitter revolutionary, makes only rare appearances. And why her mother rebuffs the kind rabbi whose home she cleans in his desire to adopt her. Always watching, the child comes to fill the holes with conjecture and story. In a masterful accumulation of short, dense scenes, by turns sensual, violent, and darkly humorous, The Sound of Our Steps questions the virtue of a family boundonly by necessity, and suggests that displacement may not lead to a better life, but perhaps to art"--

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Edition:
First U.S. Edition.
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ISBN:
9780805091601, 0805091602

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"In the beginning there was Lucette, who is the mother to three children--Sammy, a gentle giant, almost blind, but a genius with locks; Corinne, a flighty beauty who cannot keep a job; and "the child," an afterthought, who strives to make sense of her fractured Egyptian-Jewish immigrant family. Lucette's children would like a kinder, warmer home, but what they have is a government-issued concrete box, out in the thorns and sand on the outskirts of Tel Aviv; and their mother, hard-worn and hardscrabble, who cleans homes by night and makes school lunches by day. Lucette quarrels with everybody, speaks only Arabic and French, is scared only of snakes, and is as likely to lock her children out as to take in a stray dog. The child recounts her years in Lucette's house, where Israel's wars do not intrude and hold no interest. She puzzles at the mysteries of her home, why her father, a bitter revolutionary, makes only rare appearances. And why her mother rebuffs the kind rabbi whose home she cleans in his desire to adopt her. Always watching, the child comes to fill the holes with conjecture and story. In a masterful accumulation of short, dense scenes, by turns sensual, violent, and darkly humorous, The Sound of Our Steps questions the virtue of a family boundonly by necessity, and suggests that displacement may not lead to a better life, but perhaps to art"--,Provided by publisher.
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Originally published in Israel in 2008 by Am Oved, Tel Aviv entitled "ol tse Ľadenu."
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APA Citation (style guide)

Matalon, R., & Bilu, D. (2015). The sound of our steps: a novel. First U.S. Edition. New York: Metropolitan Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Matalon, Ronit and Dalya, Bilu. 2015. The Sound of Our Steps: A Novel. New York: Metropolitan Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Matalon, Ronit and Dalya, Bilu, The Sound of Our Steps: A Novel. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2015.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Matalon, Ronit., and Dalya Bilu. The Sound of Our Steps: A Novel. First U.S. Edition. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2015. Print.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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