Light Fell

Evan Fallenberg


Light Fell

Light Fell

  • Title: Light Fell
  • Author: Evan Fallenberg
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Kindle Edition



Awarded the 2009 Stonewall Prize for Fiction, the first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the American Library Association s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table Twenty years have passed since Joseph left behind his entire life his wife Rebecca, his five sons, his father, and the religious Israeli farming community where he grew up whenAwarded the 2009 Stonewall Prize for Fiction, the first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the American Library Association s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Round Table Twenty years have passed since Joseph left behind his entire life his wife Rebecca, his five sons, his father, and the religious Israeli farming community where he grew up when he fell in love with a man, the genius rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig Their affair is long over, but its echoes continue to reverberate through the lives of Joseph, Rebecca, and their sons in ways that none of them could have predicted Now, for his fiftieth birthday, Joseph is preparing to have his five sons and the daughter in law he has never met spend the Sabbath with him in the Tel Aviv penthouse that he shares with a man who is conveniently out of town that weekend This will be the first time Joseph and all his sons will be together in nearly two decades The boys lives have taken widely varying paths While some have become extremely religious, another is completely cosmopolitan and secular, and their feelings toward their father range from acceptance to bitter resentment As they prepare for this reunion, Joseph, his sons, and even Rebecca, must confront what was, what is, and what could have been Evan Fallenberg is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and has since 1985 lived in Israel, where he is a writer, teacher, and translator His recent translations include novels by Batya Gur and Meir Shalev He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Vermont College MFA program He is the father of two sons.From the Hardcover edition.


Recent Comments "Light Fell"

This was a very interesting book. A writer friend of mine (Debra Darvick) met the author at a recent Jewish Book Fair, and this is what she put in her blog:debradarvick.wordpress/200To hear the women tell it, Joseph Licht, the protagonist in Evan Fallenberg’s first novel, Light Fell, is neither sympathetic nor likable. In fact, during the Q&A one of last night’s attendees put it pretty bluntly, “I didn’t like any of the characters in this book.” Fallenberg, who is not only likable [...]

This is the kind of book I simply couldn't give enough stars to! Evan Fallenberg is a superb writer and a man with great insight into his characters. When they speak, they come alive. The book tells the story of an Israeli family man, Joseph Licht, who falls in love with his (male) rabbi. At first it looks as though it'll be a book about the struggles the two men face as homosexuals in the religious Orthodox community. But there's an early twist that sets up a wonderful family drama between Jose [...]

I was prepared to hate this book because of the premise, but I could not put it down. The combination of character-driven fiction and aspects of Israeli culture made it a great read. The only character I felt was not fully developed was Ethan, but that may also be an aspect of the family dynamics. The story centers around a Sabbath meal, and I enjoyed the descriptions of the food and the preparation. When they finally get together, for Joseph's 50th birthday and their first union in 20 years, I [...]

Joseph Licht is turning 50, and has invited his five sons to share a celebratory weekend. This will be the first time in the twenty years since he left them and their mother for brilliant young Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig that all of them are together at one time. The years have been full of pain in many ways, yet his main regret has been the loss of his sons. Surprisingly they all show up, but the weekend is still full of judgment and recrimination, and forgiveness seems yet to be illusive. Sad, but [...]

I read this the other day but forgot to blog about it. It's about an Israeli man who left his fairly religious family for another man, and twenty years later he's about to reunite with all five of his sons for the first time in those twenty years. The sons are a weird microcosm of Israeli society and the end felt pretty pat, but it was a pretty good read anyway. B.

There's nothing terribly wrong with this novel, but I found that a quarter of the way through the book, I was bored & didn't care about the characters. Life is too short

This was incredibly interesting read and one exquisite debut novel. Evan Fallenberg has indeed created (as the blurb say as well) “a uniquely drawn protagonist”. The book tells the story about Joseph, an educated Israeli man, professor of literature Harvard graduated, a husband and father of five who fells in love with a rabbi.Now, this novel indeed won several literary awards reserved for GLBT literature such are 2009 Stonewall Prize for Fiction or 2008 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction [...]

Half-way through this novel I almost gave up on it. It was hard to meet on its own terms, its plot turns a bit melodramatic, its tone almost operatic. An Israeli scholar, married with five young sons, becomes enamored of a charismatic rabbi, and after a four-month affair leaves his family. Taking place as it does within the context of religious beliefs that condemn what he has done, this turn of events creates a tidal wave of ramifications that grow and converge years later at a fiftieth birthda [...]

A VERY Jewish story, able to be understood by nearly everyone -- and I'm not Jewish.Joseph Licht, in Isreal, married to Rebecca, (a nice Jewish wife), with five young sons, is attracted to Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig, also married, who "had read every volume of the Talmud a few times . . . and can quote just about everything that ever been written about Jewish law." Homosexuality is strictly forbidden in their religion. Forbidden: and yet, "God has three ways of letting two people know they are divine [...]

The word that mostly drifts to the surface while thinking about this book is "pathetic". Mostly because I thought the main character was pathetic, despite his brave choice. He's just an all around unpleasant character, mopey and unsatisfied and because he tells his children why this is, rather than let the reader see it without wording it explicitely, it doesn't really sink in. It's like I'm hovering on the outside of a glass bottle, trying to taste the contents.The story was slightly pointless, [...]

As posted in [amazon]:For his 50th birthday, Joseph Licht is making special recipes for one big dinner for his sons. However, Joseph has an ulterior motive and that is to ask his sons for forgiveness for what happened 20 years earlier. 20 years earlier, Joseph, a literature professor, meets Rabbi Yoel Rosenznweig, who is something of a genius/prodigy of the Torah. Something connects between the two of them. Almost without a second thought, Joseph abandons his faithful wife and 5 sonsy to discove [...]

This book about an Orthodox Jewish man who falls in love with another Orthodox Jewish Rabbi and then must leave his family walks a little too far on the side of melodrama but still is an engrossing story of struggle with tradition and sexual inclinations. The depiction and description of the Israeli Orthodox characters includes a lot of very realistic details about the day-to-day considerations Orthodox Jews take in order to be observant, like preparations in the home for Shabbos. The reference [...]

Joseph Licht, who lives on a religious moshav in Israel with his wife and five sons, is drawn into a close emotional and physical relationship with his idol, a serious and highly-regarded religious scholar, himself married and a father. The repercussions on both their families form the focus of this story of facing your sexuality.It is interesting to see how Josesph battles to maintain a good relationship with his sons as they are growing up, with very limited success until their renewed gatheri [...]

What would you do if, midway into your life, you realized that the choices that you've made in your life were the wrong ones? Would you continue acting, pretending that everything is fine while longing to live differently, or would you make a drastic change, leaving behind and cruelly disregarding the people, beliefs and community that have always defined you? Although Joseph Licht's dilemma revolves around issues of homosexuality and religion, there is much in this book that will speak to anyon [...]

Joseph was an Israeli professor with five young sons who left his wife because he was in love with an Orthodox rabbi. Twenty years later he’s invited his estranged adult sons for his 50th birthday. Suddenly on his birthday, he becomes a wise man, when he was often an idiot before, dispensing excellent advice to his sons. “He tries to remember which prophet said, ‘Many shepherds have ravaged my vineyards and made my pleasant field a desolate wilderness; the whole land is waste and no one ca [...]

Joseph, an Israeli scholar, falls in love with an Orthodox Rabbi and leaves his wife and five children after a four month affair. I give Fallenberg major props for being willing to tackle a main character who isn't precisely likeable. Joseph, while oftentimes unlikeable, remains finely drawn and ultimately human, while on the eve of his 50th birthday he reflects back on his life and relationships -- with lovers and his children. The novel occasionally veers towards melodrama, but remains gorgeou [...]

Joseph is a religious scholar who lives on a Moshav in Israel with is wife and five sons. When Joseph is in his late thirties he meets and falls in love with Rabbi Yoel Rosenzweig. Joseph leaves his family to pursue a new life and spends the rest of his life coming to terms with his decision and the effect it had on is family. This book is very well written and to me is about acceptance, taking responsibility and ultimately the ability to forgive and move forward.

Twenty years after leaving his family for the rabbi he loves, an Israeli literature scholar calls his five sons together to celebrate his 50th birthday. Flashbacks into the main character's life, glimpses of the lives of his sons, and, eventually, dramatic hijinks ensue. Some characters/plotlines were a bit cliched and others were insufficiently developed. But I can't help thinking that this could be a fantastic movie, if only someone would make it.

I'm always interested in coming out stories among different cultures and this is the story of a Jewish Torah scholar who leaves his family for a teacher. What I liked about this book is it was not always flattering to the protagonist which gives way to moral ambiguity on his actions. A little soap opera-ish at the end, otherwise a good examination of the complexities of families and cultural expectations.

Very lyrically written and beautifully rendered story about one man's choices and the pain caused by those choices. It had some of the most stirring and lovely sex scenes that I have ever read. I also learned about the different segments of Israeli society as represented by his 5 sons.A really good book.

A Isreali man leaves his family for a rock star rabbi. Now, after twenty years of estrangement, his children are traveling to their father's house in Tel Aviv for Shabbat.Althought the book's premise is slightly unusual, anybody who has a complex family relationship---which is basically everybody---will relate to this book.

Could have been a better told story if the author had focused more on the issue of being gay in Israel, or in the Jewish community rather than a lousy, selfish Dad trying to maintain any connection with the 5 sons he abused, abandoned.

I couldn't keep the five brothers straight but this was none-the-less a well-written, interesting, and compelling read. The author is a very well known translater of works by Meir Shalev, Batya Gur, and Ron Leshem so I was interested to read one of his original works.

A thought-provoking book. Well written, sad, as sometimes literary reads can be, as well as life. But a good story focusing on religion, relationships, perspective, children and parents, and life choices.

A life story, beautifully written, about becoming the person you were meant to be. This book tackles the topic of homosexuality within the Orthodox Jewish community. The reader is taken on a journey, not often spoken about. And in the end, the truth shall set you free.

This is a beautifully written and a profound book. It is about the deep and compelling places love takes you, when love strikes. In this case, the love was between two orthodox Rabbi's. And the aftermath. Highly recommended.

I really enjoyed this book, what there was of it, but I thought the complex characters needed more room to develop. It felt a lot like a short story, and the end was a bit too pat (also in the way of many short stories). I will definitely read any other books this author writes though!

This was a beautifully written book about a gay man trying to reunite with his family. I didn't always like the deeply flawed characters, but I was fascinated and moved by their actions.

Touching, insightful, amazing. A well-deserved winner of the Publishing Triangle's 2009 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction.

I liked this book. (Have to review later)


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