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    Arabic for Beginners Ariela Freedman Canada
    9781988130330 Paperback FICTION / Jewish Publication Date:March 25, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.8 in | 340 gr | 303 pages Carton Quantity:5 Linda Leith Publishing
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      When Hannah accompanies her husband and small children to Jerusalem for the year, she becomes fascinated with a group of expat women at her son?s daycare, as well as a young Palestinian woman named Jenna. As she grows close to Jenna she starts to question her own marriage and her relationship to Israel. A novel of domestic and political ambivalence, Arabic for Beginners is about marriage, motherhood, friendship, nation, and the complicated ways we think of home. It is the winner of the J. I. Segal 2018 Mona Elaine Adilman English Fiction and Poetry Award on a Jewish Theme.
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      Ariela Freedman was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Jerusalem, New York, Calgary, London, and Montreal. Her reviews and poems have appeared in Vallum, carte blanche, The Cincinnati Review and other publications, and she was selected to participate in the Quebec Writers? Federation?s 2014 Mentorship Program. Arabic for Beginners, published by LLP in 2017, is her first novel, followed by A Joy To Be Hidden (LLP, 2019) and L/a (LLP, 2022). She has a Ph.D. from New York University and teaches literature at Concordia?s Liberal Arts College in Montreal, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

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      "A quiet and exquisite portrait of a group of mothers in Israel. Freedman brilliantly captures the existential and alienated state that mothers of young children inhabit. Freedman's work is reminiscent of Rachel Cusk and Deborah Levy.? ?Heather O?Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals "In Arabic for Beginners Ariela Freedman brings to life the kaleidoscopic contradictions and painful paradoxes of life in contemporary Israel/Palestine. As insightful as it is absorbing, Arabic for Beginners brings into sharp relief a young mother?s sabbatical year in Jerusalem in the era of the Gaza war. A story of complicated friendships, marriages on the brink, and ambivalence writ large, this is a brave, intelligent and impressive literary debut." ? Elaine Kalman Naves, author of The Book of Faith "Delicately observed and strikingly funny, Ariela Freedman's Arabic for Beginners captures the everyday mystery behind adult friendship. This account of a Canadian family's year in Israel is a study of tensions both national and interpersonal, and of the reasons relationships survive or fade away. Freedman's subtle, graceful prose spans the large and the small, the wondrous and the quotidian, as it explores the question of how certain places?and certain people?come to feel like home." ? Abigail Deutsch, winner, Shattuck Prize for Criticism
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    9781988130378 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 8 in | 350 gr | 371 pages Carton Quantity:1 Linda Leith Publishing
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      On his return to Montreal, Riley becomes entangled in the wreckage left behind by Brandt, a con man who ran a Ponzi scheme. When the fifty-million-dollar scam falls apart and dozens of people are left destitute, some of them figure that Brandt?s wife Terry must know where he?s hiding out. Riley?s not convinced, but then Terry?s the woman Riley was living with when he left Montreal twenty years before.
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      Michael Blair?s first novel (If Looks Could Kill, M&S, 2001) was shortlisted for the 1999 Chapters/Robertson Davies Prize and the 2001 Quebec Writers? Federation First Book Prize. Since then he has published five more novels, most recently True Believers (Linda Leith Publishing, 2015). He lives in Montreal.
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      The path is funny, smart and full of great dialogue and clever characters. Gullibility kills, all right, but it also makes for a terrific plotline for a possible murder. ?Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail,, on True Believers.
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    9781988130293 Paperback FICTION / Satire Publication Date:March 25, 2017
    $18.95 CAD 5 x 8 x 0.7 in | 240 gr | 210 pages Carton Quantity:1 Linda Leith Publishing
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      R.U. Singh has always known he is destined to live the life of an English country squire. After a few false starts, in Bombay, Thunder Bay, and Toronto, he settles into a comfortable existence as a small-town Ontario lawyer, much solicited for the diversity he lends committees and conclaves. But?lest he forget?he is accepted only at the whim of his woman in white, a commanding university administrator, and by her whim can also fall. Mr. Singh Among the Fugitives sends up the multicultural aspirations of Canadian identity, pokes fun at our glitterati, and, tongue firmly in cheek, issues a warning: be careful who you pretend to be.
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      Stephen Henighan is a novelist, academic, and translator. He is the author of over a dozen previous books, including the short story collection A Grave in the Air and the novel The Path of the Jaguar. He has been a finalist for the Governor General?s Award, the Canada Prize in the Humanities, a McNally Robinson Fiction Prize, a National Magazine Award, and a Western Magazine Award. Henighan is General Editor of the Biblioasis International Translation Series, and teaches Spanish-American literature in the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph.

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      The bite in Henighan's satire comes from his observation that Mr. Singh has come to exactly the right place: The CanLit establishment, after all, is still very much stuck in the 19th century. The mandarins of culture rule over what is symbolized with a cosy garden party that Mr. Singh crashes by stepping through a hedge... "What makes Henighan's satire work is its measured tone and ambiguity. His representation of the cultural elite as lazy and complacent, corrupt and entitled, greedy, hypocritical, privileged and vindictive, is unmistakably fierce, but it's presented in a reserved manner that allows for subtle moral shadings." -- Alex Good, Toronto Star, 15 April 2017

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