Meir Shalev was born in 1948 on Nahalal, Israel's first moshav, and is one of Israel's most celebrated novelists. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been best sellers in Israel, Holland, and Germany. In 1999 the author was awarded the Juliet Club Prize (Italy). He has also received the Prime Minister's Prize (Israel), the Chiavari (Italy), the Entomological Prize (Israel), the WIZO Prize (France, Israel, and Italy), and for A Pigeon and a Boy, the Brenner Prize, Israel's highest literary recognition. A columnist for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Shalev lives in Jerusalem and in northern Israel with his wife and children. Evan Fallenberg (www.evanfallenberg.com) translates fiction by well-known and upcoming Israeli writers. He teaches creative writing at Bar Ilan University in Israel and is the author of Light Fell, a novel.
"Shalev creates a world that has the richness of invention and the obsessiveness of dreams." --The New York Times Book Review "Shalev has deftly layered Yair's story in such a manner that a refreshingly nuanced picture of Israel emerges." --The Miami Herald "Vivid characters and sharp dialogue... By working stories in the past and present against each other, Shalev brings into questions the validity, and the reliability, of memory." --The New York Times Book Review "In homing pigeons, Shalev has found a motif that is replete with symbolism and scriptural allusion that he uses expertly, with maximum layered effect." --Ottawa Citizen "Brilliant... Universal in its scope and examination of human longing for a sense of roosting." --The Jerusalem Post "An exquisite creation, a work of quiet language tat needs no shouting to attain its impact." --Chicago Jewish Star "Stunning... This gem of a story about the power of love, which won Israel's Brenner Prize, brims with luminous originality." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)