The House on Endless Waters

Emuna Elon
NZD $32.99

A lyrical and exquisitely moving novel about a writer who embarks on a transformative journey in Amsterdam, where he discovers the shocking truth about his mother's wartime experience.

'I read this book in excitement and wonder…touching and fascinating'? - Amos Oz

At the behest of his agent, renowned author Yoel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his Dutch publisher, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. While touring the Jewish Museum with his wife, Yoel stumbles upon a looping reel of photos offering a glimpse of pre-war Dutch Jewish life, and is astonished to see the youthful face of his beloved mother staring back at him, posing with her husband, Yoel's older sister, Nettie…and an infant he doesn't recognize.

This unsettling discovery launches him into a fervent search for the truth, revealing Amsterdam's dark wartime history and the underground networks which hid Jewish children away from danger - but at a cost. The deeper into the past Yoel digs, the better he understands his mother's silence, and the more urgent the question that has unconsciously haunted him for a lifetime - Who am I? - becomes. Evocative, insightful, and deeply resonant, The House on Endless Waters beautifully illustrates the complex nature of identity and belonging, and the inextricability of past and present.

Author bio:

Emuna Elon was born in Jerusalem to a family of rabbis and scholars, and was raised in Jerusalem and New York. She teaches Judaism, Hassidism and Hebrew literature, and has served as advisor to the Prime Minister on the status of Israeli women. She also wrote a weekly political column in the mass circulation daily, Yedioth Ahronoth, and later in Israel Hayom.

Elon has published essays, short stories, popular children's books and a number of bestselling novels. Her novel If You Awaken Love was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award (2007). Elon?received the Book Publishers Association's Gold Book Prize (2010) for her novel Inscribe My Name, the Aminach Prize for?Beyond My Sight?(2014) and?the Prime Minister's Prize (2015).

Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781760877255
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: March 2020
Page Extent: 320
Format: Paperback - C format

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