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Light Fell Awarded The 2009 Stonewall Prize For Fiction, The First And Most Enduring Award For GLBT Books, Sponsored By The American Library Association S Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgendered Round Table Twenty Years Have Passed Since Joseph Left Behind His Entire Life His Wife Rebecca, His Five Sons, His Father, And The Religious Israeli Farming Community Where He Grew Up When He Fell In Love With A Man, The Genius Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig Their Affair Is Long Over, But Its Echoes Continue To Reverberate Through The Lives Of Joseph, Rebecca, And Their Sons In Ways That None Of Them Could Have Predicted Now, For His Fiftieth Birthday, Joseph Is Preparing To Have His Five Sons And The Daughter In Law He Has Never Met Spend The Sabbath With Him In The Tel Aviv Penthouse That He Shares With A Man Who Is Conveniently Out Of Town That Weekend This Will Be The First Time Joseph And All His Sons Will Be Together In Nearly Two Decades The Boys Lives Have Taken Widely Varying Paths While Some Have Become Extremely Religious, Another Is Completely Cosmopolitan And Secular, And Their Feelings Toward Their Father Range From Acceptance To Bitter Resentment As They Prepare For This Reunion, Joseph, His Sons, And Even Rebecca, Must Confront What Was, What Is, And What Could Have Been Evan Fallenberg Is A Native Of Cleveland, Ohio, And Has Since 1985 Lived In Israel, Where He Is A Writer, Teacher, And Translator His Recent Translations Include Novels By Batya Gur And Meir Shalev He Is A Graduate Of The School Of Foreign Service At Georgetown University And The Vermont College MFA Program He Is The Father Of Two Sons From The Hardcover Edition.


10 thoughts on “Light Fell

  1. says:

    This was a very interesting book A writer friend of mine Debra Darvick met the author at a recent Jewish Book Fair, and this is what she put in her blog hear the women tell it, Joseph Licht, the protagonist in Evan Fallenberg s first novel, Light Fell, is neither sympathetic nor likable In fact, during the QA one of last night s attendees put it pretty bluntly, I didn t like any of the characters in this book Fallenberg, who is not only lika This was a very interesting book A writer friend of mine Debra Darvick met the author at a recent Jewish Book Fair, and this is what she put in her blog hear the women tell it, Joseph Licht, the protagonist in Evan Fallenberg s first novel, Light Fell, is neither sympathetic nor likable In fact, during the QA one of last night s attendees put it pretty bluntly, I didn t like any of the characters in this book Fallenberg, who is not only likable and sympathetic but was a terrific and engaging speaker not to mention cute as all hell , stepped back from the podium, took a swig of water and laughed Wow People have told me they don t like Joseph But no one s ever said they don t like anybody in my book Let me think about this for a moment Earlier in the evening I d answered a friend who had the same reaction to Joseph Perhaps Fallenberg wanted the challenge of humanizing an unlikable character Or perhaps he wanted to try on being an SOB Acknowledging the reader s antipathy, the author said he ...


  2. says:

    This is the kind of book I simply couldn t give enough stars to Evan Fallenberg is a superb writer and a man with great insight into his characters When they speak, they come alive The book tells the story of an Israeli family man, Joseph Licht, who falls in love with his male rabbi At first it looks as though it ll be a book about the struggles the two men face as homosexuals in the religious Orthodox community...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I was prepared to hate this book because of the premise, but I could not put it down The combination of character driven fiction and aspects of Israeli culture made it a great read The only character I felt was not fully developed was Ethan, but that may also be an aspect of the family dynamics The story centers around a Sabbath meal, and I enjoyed the descriptions of the food and the preparation When they finally get together, for Joseph s 50th birthday and their fi...


  4. says:

    Joseph Licht is turning 50, and has invited his five sons to share a celebratory weekend This will be the first time in the twenty years since he left them and their mother for brilliant young Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig that all of them are together at one time The years have been full of pain in many ways, yet his main regret has been the loss of his sons Surprisingly they all show up, but the weekend is still full of judgment and recrimination, and forgiveness seems yet to be illusive Sad, but Joseph Licht is turning 50, and has invited his five sons to share a celebratory weekend This will be the first time in the twenty years since he left them and their mother for bri...


  5. says:

    I read this the other day but forgot to blog about it It s about an Israeli man who left his fairly religious family for another man, and twenty years later he s about to reunite with all five of his sons for the first time in those twenty years The so...


  6. says:

    There s nothing terribly wrong with this novel, but I found that a quarter of the way through the book, I was bored didn t care about the characters Life is too short


  7. says:

    This was incredibly interesting read and one exquisite debut novel Evan Fallenberg has indeed created as the blurb say as wella uniquely drawn protagonistThe book tells the story about Joseph, an educated Israeli man, professor of literature Harvard graduated, a husband and father of five who fells in love with a rabbi.Now, this novel indeed won several literary awards reserved for GLBT literature such are 2009 Stonewall Prize for Fiction or 2008 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction This was...


  8. says:

    Half way through this novel I almost gave up on it It was hard to meet on its own terms, its plot turns a bit melodramatic, its tone almost operatic An Israeli scholar, married with five young sons, becomes enad of a charismatic rabbi, and after a four month affair leaves his family Taking place as it does within the context of religious beliefs that condemn what he has done, this turn of events creates a tidal wave of ramifications that grow and converge years later at a fiftieth birthda Half way through this novel I almost gave up on it It was hard to meet on its own terms, its plot turns a bit melodramatic, its tone almost operatic An Israeli scholar, married with five young sons, becomes enad of a charismatic rabbi, and after a four month affair leaves his family Taking place as it does within the context of religious beliefs that condemn what he has done, this turn of events creates a tidal wave of ramifications that grow and converge years later at a fiftieth birthday dinner, where long buried secrets and resentments are finally voiced Father and sons are then left to mend a lifetime of disappointments and grievances.The book represents on one level a kind of microcosm of points of view among Israelis about Israel from a zealot foun...


  9. says:

    A VERY Jewish story, able to be understood by nearly everyone and I m not Jewish.Joseph Licht, in Isreal, married to Rebecca, a nice Jewish wife , with five young sons, is attracted to Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig, also married, who had read every volume of the Talmud a few timesand can quote just about everything that ever been written about Jewish law Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in their religion Forbidden and yet, God has three ways of letting two people know they are divine A VERY Jewish story, able to be understood by nearly everyone and I m not Jewish.Joseph Licht, in Isreal, married to Rebecca, a nice Jewish wife , with five young sons, is attracted to Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig, also married, who had read every volume of the Talmud a few timesand can quote just about everything that ever been written about Jewish law Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in their religion Forbidden and yet, God has three ways of letting two people know they are divinely suited to one another ,by a written word that appears to them both and has meaning only to them and Yoel had given Jo...


  10. says:

    The word that mostly drifts to the surface while thinking about this book is pathetic Mostly because I thought the main character was pathetic, despite his brave choice He s just an all around unpleasant character, mopey and unsatisfied and because he tells his children why this is, rather than let the reader see it without wording it explicitely, it doesn t really sink in It s like I m hovering on the outside of a glass bottle, trying to taste the contents.The story was slightly pointless, The word that mostly drifts to the surface while thinking about this book is pathetic Mostly because I thought the main character was pathetic, despite his brave choice He s just an all around unpleasant character, mopey and unsatisfied and because he tells his children why this is, rather than let the reader see it without wording it explicitely, it doesn t really sink in It s like I m hovering on the outside of a glass bottle, trying to taste the contents.The story was slightly pointless, but then I prefer entertaining fast paced plots so that s not really the novel s fault Only at the end it had some kind of bearing and message Because I am not Jewish and have never been exposed to anything but a handful of Yiddish words, it read like a badly introduced fantasy novel with all the alien words and rituals That didn t exactly help immerse myself in the story and the characters Despite the obvious choose your own path moral of the story, I saw itas a Jewish re...