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The Wolf Hunt: A Novel
Tuesday, October 3 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen’s fourth book, The Wolf Hunt, sits somewhere between a novel of ideas, a thriller and a character study – a big old-fashioned work of literary fiction in a world where the trend is for the inward-looking. It opens with a bang, as Lilach (known as Leela) Shuster, an Israeli-American living with her husband, Mikhael, in California’s Silicon Valley, tells us that her son Adam, 16, has been accused of killing a Black boy from his school. “That’s not true,” Leela tells us – but she isn’t really sure.
A clinical psychologist and award-winning author, Ayelet Gundar Goshen’s first novel, One Night, Markovitch, won the Sapir Prize in 2012 for debut novels, the Italian Adei-Wizo Prize, and the French Adei-Wizo Prize. The novel was long-listed for the Italian Sinbad Prize, and for Grand prix des lectrices de Elle. It has been translated to 14 languages. Gundar-Goshen’s second novel, Waking Lions, won the 2017 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize. The New York Times Book Review picked Waking Lions as “Editors’ Choice”, and The Wall Street Journal selected it for its “Best Summer Reads” list. Her critically acclaimed third novel, The Liar, was published in English in 2019. In her fourth novel The Wolf Hunt, Goshen explores the burning questions of Jewish and Israeli identity. The Wolf Hunt is a head-on collision between the American dream and the Jewish longing for the promised land, as the reality of racial tensions threatens to boil over. Gundar-Goshen is a contributor to BBC’s The Cultural Frontline, Financial Times, Time Magazine and The Telegraph. Ayelet has lectured at UC Berkeley, Columbia University, UCLA, and Carleton College, among other institutions.
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