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Fiction. Chosen by Jim Bartley of the Toronto Globe as one of the Top 5 first-fiction books of 2009. There is a Jewish proverb that goes: "Grandchildren are your reward from God for not having murdered your children." And so THE BRISS begins, with Sammy, the father of two grown children he would like to choke the life out of. His daughter Marilyn has just ended an affair that should have been kept a secret. In the meantime, his younger son, Teddy, who had left months ago on a ten-day Birthright Israel tour, got himself mixed up with gush shalom Israelis who introduced him to a diaspora Palestinian woman visiting her ailing grandmother in Ramallah. Teddy falls in love with her, and, well, knocks her up. Sammy, who fought in Israel in '48 but moved back home to Winnipeg years ago, a move he has regretted, is forced into an angry struggle with his son that reveals all their unresolved emotional conflicts. A wildly entertaining and poignant novel, THE BRISS explores, on a personal level, family relationships, and on a political level, the continuing debate about Jewish identity and its connection to Israel and Palestine.
Jim Bartley @ The Toronto Globe and Mail
Winnipeg native Michael Tregebov's first novel, THE BRISS (New Star Books, 2009), was short-listed for a Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was followed by THE SHIVA (New Star Books, 2012) and SHOT ROCK (New Star Books, 2019). A noted Spanish translator, he lives near Barcelona. His translation work includes books by Nadine Gordimer and William Carlos Williams, as well as over 100 episodes of Star Trek (both generations) and The Equalizer. Author City: Barcelona SPA