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Accidents: A Novel by Yael Hedaya
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Accidents: A Novel (2001)

by Yael Hedaya

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All the stuff that is usually left out of a "regular" love story can be found in this - the real stuff. The smells, the flaws, the bickering, the uncertainty - all the things that make a real-life love story real. Hedaya has managed to take three characters who are all somewhat unlikable and somehow merge them into a likeable whole - or if not likeable, at least relatable. The characters in this book could be your neighbors, your relatives, your friends, or whoever else just walks down the street - their pain is real, as is their anger, their lust, and their love. And, as with real people, they are at times absolutely hilarious and at others absolutely heart-breaking! ( )
  -Eva- | Sep 5, 2008 |
Very slow to get to get started, but interesting tale of two writers who meet through friends in modern day Jersasulem. He has been widowed, and has a 12 yr old daughter. It is a sad book too, about grief and aging parents. I thought it wonderful with a lot of backstory about the two main characters. ( )
  coolmama | Jul 30, 2008 |
Accidents, about managing grief and love at the same time, is an incredibly sad book. It's not just the subject matter - it's the unrelenting detail. There's no relief in the form of cataclysmic plot events, no opportunity to cry and get it over with. Instead, each uninspiring cafe meal, unflattering sweatshirt and anxiety attack grind slowly toward the end of the book.

I did wish the book was over with several times in the middle, but only because it was shedding an umbrella of gloom around my week, not because it was badly written. On the contrary, a lesser writer couldn't have summoned such a powerful feeling of real grief; not the cathartic novel kind, but the real everyday dull pain. ( )
  bexaplex | May 5, 2007 |
A wonderful book. Set in Tel Aviv, about a widower and his daughter and a woman he meets - wonderful writing and captivating story. ( )
  bobbieharv | Mar 13, 2007 |
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For Shira Klein, Yonatan Luria, and his daughter, Dana, it is winter--winter at work, winter among friends, winter at home, and winter of the heart. Yonatan is a marginal writer, a fifty-year-old widower left to raise his child alone. When he meets Shira, a bestselling author paralyzed by stage fright, the thaw begins as man, woman, and girl enter a halting relationship, alternately tender and belligerent, generous and withdrawn.

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"For Shira Klein, Yonatan Luria, and his daughter, Dana, it is winter - winter at work, winter among friends, winter at home, and winter of the heart. Yonatan is a marginal writer, a widower in his forties left to raise his child alone. When he meets Shira, a bestselling author paralyzed by her success, the thaw begins as man, woman, and girl enter a halting romance, alternately tender and belligerent, generous and withdrawn." "To the accompaniment of a full chorus of voices - of friends, neighbors, ex-lovers, parents - speaking from the past as well as the present, this family in the making gropes its way toward the comfort of love while navigating through ordinary pains: a dying father, angry children, wounding moments, and a distressing difference in the writers' levels of success, which they wish would vanish even as it grows." "Accidents follows its cast through fragility, vulnerability, and joy, accruing the small events of unremarkable days to produce a grand vision of the shared life."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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