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The men, women, and even animals in this collection live at the mercy of their hearts. Young and old, on two legs or four, they grope for love and tenderness, knowing that all connection is fraught with danger and all relationship random and evanescent. Yet the heart wants what it wants. The title novella, a wrenching account of the end of love, traces a gentle dog's transformation into a vicious beast as the couple who owns him breaks apart. In "The Happiness Game" the tenuous bonds between husband and wife are undermined by black crows and weak hearts, while "Matti "presents a chorus of voices doctors, nurses, jilted wife, dying husband that recounts an old man's passion for his lover, a fifteen-year-old Lolita. Wise and deft, "Housebroken" navigates the moments of decision, betrayal, longing, and jealousy that torment the souls of wounded lovers."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312420901
ISBN-10: 0312420900
Format: Paperback / softback
(217mm x 140mm x 20mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Picador USA
Publisher: Picador USA
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Yael Hedaya

Yael Hedaya, former journalist and humor columnist for the Hebrew daily "Yediot Aharonot," was born in Jerusalem in 1964. She teaches journalism and creative writing, and has written two novels and one collection of novellas. This is Hedaya's first book to appar in English. She lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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