In “PAIN,” on sale Nov. 5 from Other Press, Israeli writer Zeruya Shalev lays out the destructive power of infidelity and obsession in searing detail, as one woman struggles between claiming the life she’s always wanted and honoring her ordinary commitments to work and family.
Iris survived a suicide bombing in Jerusalem a decade before the novel’s outset, but one day the pain of her injuries mysteriously returns. When her doctor turns out to be her first love, Iris is thrown back into the familiar mix of teenaged ecstasy, guilt and regret that she hasn’t felt since the relationship fizzled out 30 years ago. Shalev’s own experience surviving a suicide bombing and struggling to move on afterwards give the book a gritty emotional truth.
Zeruya Shalev is the author of four previous novels, a book of poetry and a children’s book. She’s the winner of the Corine International Book Prize and the Welt-Literature Award.
Shalev will launch “PAIN” at Greenlight Bookstore with Lauren Groff, National Book Award-winning author of “Fates and Furies,” Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.