The mystics of Mile End: a novel
Sigal Samuel's debut novel, in the vein of Nicole Krauss's bestselling The History of Love, is an imaginative story that delves into the heart of Jewish mysticism, faith, and family.
"This is not an ordinary tree I am making.
"This," he said, "this is the Tree of Knowledge."
In the half-Hasidic, half-hipster Montreal neighborhood of Mile End, eleven-year-old Lev Meyer is discovering that there may be a place for Judaism in his life. As he learns about science in his day school, Lev begins his own extracurricular study of the Bible's Tree of Knowledge with neighbor Mr. Katz, who is building his own Tree out of trash. Meanwhile his sister Samara is secretly studying for her Bat Mitzvah with next-door neighbor and Holocaust survivor, Mr. Glassman. All the while his father, David, a professor of Jewish mysticism, is a non-believer.
When, years later, David has a heart attack, he begins to believe God is speaking to him. While having an affair with one of his students, he delves into the complexities of Kabbalah. Months later Samara, too, grows obsessed with the Kabbalah's Tree of Life--hiding her interest from those who love her most-and is overcome with reaching the Tree's highest heights. The neighbors of Mile End have been there all along, but only one of them can catch her when she falls.
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|Grouping Title||mystics of mile end|
|Grouping Author||samuel sigal|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-09-23 23:04:45PM|
|Last Indexed||2018-09-23 23:58:25PM|
|available_at_catalog||Bellevue, Bellevue Kids|
|detailed_location_catalog||Bellevue - Adult Fiction|
|display_description||"The Meyer family lives in Mile End, home to a mashup of hipsters and Hasidic Jews, where down the street crazy Mr. Katz is building a tree out of plucked leaves, toilet paper rolls, and dental floss. When David, a skeptical professor of religion, is diagnosed with an unusual heart murmur, he becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. But when David's frenzied attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara, who abruptly abandoned religion years earlier, believes it is up to her to finish what she started. As Samara's brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour, it falls to next-door neighbour and Holocaust survivor Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family. But can he break through to them in time? Long-held family secrets square off against faith and secularity in this remarkable debut novel, written with extraordinary heart and intelligence."--|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Bellevue, Bellevue Kids|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000475061|Book|Books|First edition.|English|William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,||294, 16 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm., overdrive:eac9eaea-9284-4f02-86ea-a5bc8c90e43b|eBook|eBook||English|HarperCollins|2015||
|subject_facet||Brothers and sisters -- Fiction, Cabala -- Fiction, Families -- Fiction, Jews -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal -- Fiction, Montréal (Québec) -- Fiction|
|title_display||The mystics of Mile End : a novel|
|title_full||The Mystics of Mile End A Novel, The mystics of Mile End : a novel / Sigal Samuel|
|title_short||The mystics of Mile End :|
|topic_facet||Brothers and sisters, Cabala, Families, Fiction, Jews, Literature|