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A Joy To Be Hidden
By (author): Ariela Freedman
Ariela Freedman

Imprint:

Linda Leith Publishing

ISBN:

9781773900087

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English
Feb 16, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8.5in x 5.5 x 0.8 in | 400 gr

Page Count:

310 pages
Linda Leith Publishing
FICTION / Coming of Age
  • Short Description
Alice Stein, a young graduate student living in a vivid and chaotic late-90s East Village, unlocks a family secret. In the process, she will discover lost children and buried love affairs, histories she wants to believe and people she can't trust, a village in Hungary and an artist's loft in Harlem.

Alice Stein, a young graduate student living in a vivid and chaotic late-90s East Village, loses her father and grandmother in a single year. In the process of cleaning out her grandmother's Brooklyn apartment, she begins to unlock a family secret. Accompanied by her precocious downstairs neighbour, a twelve-year-old girl named Persephone, she sets out on a quest to understand her family and herself. In the process, she will discover lost children and buried love affairs, histories she wants to believe and people she can't trust, a village in Hungary and an artist's loft in Harlem.
A coming-of-age story about hidden pasts and the legacy of trauma and displacement, A Joy To Be Hidden is told with humour and insight. We can never quite forget the title quote by D. W. Winnicott: "It is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found." We soon discover that it applies to everyone.

Ariela Freedman was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Jerusalem, New York, Calgary, London, and Montreal. 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 family. Her first novel, Arabic for Beginners (LLP, 2017), was shortlisted for the QWF Concordia University First Book Prize and is the Winner of the 2018 J. I. Segal Prize for Fiction. A Joy to be Hidden is her second novel.

"Ariela Freedman writes with elegance and dark grace about family history, identity, and the human ache for connection. I loved this mysterious and engrossing story, and her beautiful rendering of how the past can both haunt us and help us move on."?Alix Ohlin

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