Some DayBook - 2013
Words without Borders Best Books of 2013, Coffin Factory Best Books of 2013, and World Literature Today Best Books of 2013.
"Ardent, salty, whimsical, steamy, absurd . . . A wallop to the reader."-- Ploughshares
"Beautiful ... reading the book feels like going back in time ."--Yael Stone, actor in Orange is the New Black
"Since I was little, I have thrilled at reading food-related passages in novels. But the food scenes in Some Day by Israeli novelist Shemi Zarhin are on another level. In one passage, Zarhin describes a dish so vividly I felt compelled to re-create it in my own kitchen ... My mouth watered."--Leah Koenig in Modern Jewish Cooking
"Extremely moving."-- Miami Sun Sentinel
"Zarhin has added his name to the luminaries of Israeli literature."-- The Arts Fuse
"This thrilling, fresh, and surprising novel ought to draw the eyes of the literati back to Israel."-- ForeWord Reviews
"Masterful . . . haunting . . . sublime . . . Zarhin's characters are so real they fairly jump off the page."-- The Jerusalem Post
On the shores of Israel's Sea of Galilee lies the city of Tiberias, a place bursting with sexuality and longing for love. The air is saturated with smells of cooking and passion. Young Shlomi, who develops a remarkable culinary talent, has fallen for Ella, the strange neighbor with suicidal tendencies; his little brother Hilik obsessively collects words in a notebook. In the wild, selfish but magical grown-up world that swirls around them, a mother with a poet's soul mourns the deaths of literary giants while her handsome husband cheats on her both at home and abroad.
Some Day is a gripping family saga. Shemi Zarhin's hypnotic writing renders a painfully delicious vision of individual lives behind Israel's larger national story.
Shemi Zarhin , born in Tiberias in 1961, is a novelist, film director, and screenwriter who has created some of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning films in the history of Israeli cinema.