Publisher Coteau Books (2019)
A young Canadian woman’s search for her own identity brings her to Paris in 1982, and face to face with the terror of an age-old enemy.
Sarah is the youngest of the three Levine sisters. At twenty-five, she is rudderless, caught in a paralysis which keeps her from seizing her own life.
When Sarah is fired from her Toronto job, a chance stay in Paris opens her up to new direction and purpose.
But when she reads the writing on the wall above her local Métro subway station, death to the Jews, shadows from childhood rise again. And as her path crosses that of Laila, a young woman living in an exile remote from the luxuries of 1980s Paris, Sarah stumbles towards to an act of terrorism that may realize her childhood fears.
In this new novel by the author of The Knife Sharpener’s Bell, writing that is both sensual and taut creates a tightly woven, compelling narrative.
“The novel is beautifully written and is one that I definitely will want to read again as the themes are so important for the times we are all living through.” – Lee Trentadue, Galiano Island Books 49th Shelf Shelf-Talkers Booksellers’ Spring Pick
Best book I’ve read in a long time. I loved this book. The story of three sisters is initially presented as a journey of character development wrapped in a quest for identity and definitions of humanity and life. Until.... This is a wonderful book that examines “the humanity in inhumanity.” I will be reading it again for the beautiful writing and for its wisdom.
Laura S., Amazon.ca online reader
An engrossing story, wonderfully written. With Rue des Rosiers, Rhea Tregebov has told a story that is new to me and has left me considering the two sides to any coin. I enjoyed the characters, the settings, the stories and the wonderful writing – it's been a while since I read a book I was so reluctant to put down.
Susan Penumbra, Amazon.ca online reader
The publisher's blurb is somewhat of a plot spoiler so do not read it. Just start in reading and let yourself enjoy and be challenged by the different themes & questions in this novel, not the least, your vicarious visit to 1980's Paris in the intelligent and thoughtful company of 25-year-old Sarah. The plot is "compelling". The novel is good book club fodder as readers will want to talk about what they experienced in its pages
Louhi Kuutar, Vancouver Public Library website reader