Rosa's start in life is far from auspicious; born only a few days after her father's brutal murder, her first childhood experiences take place against a sound-track of shells and guns. She remembers finding her new home in West Jerusalem so recently vacated by its former Arab owners that there is still a meal on the table. Given a china doll left ...Read MoreRosa's start in life is far from auspicious; born only a few days after her father's brutal murder, her first childhood experiences take place against a sound-track of shells and guns. She remembers finding her new home in West Jerusalem so recently vacated by its former Arab owners that there is still a meal on the table. Given a china doll left behind by the previous occupants, she becomes haunted by thoughts of the little girl whose place she has usurped. But her mother is determined that her baby daughter will want for nothing. Rosa grows up to be a voluptuous beauty with a voracious appetite for all sensual pleasures. Though a childhood prophesy leads her to believe that she will have four husbands, nothing prepares her for the extraordinary and remarkably diverse life she is to lead.Read Less
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New. Ships From Canada. New in new dust jacket. Glued binding. Paper over boards. 293 p. Audience: General/trade. Book Description Acclaimed Israeli author Shifra Horn follows up her award-winning, bestselling debut novel, Four Mothers, with a new novel retelling the legendary life story of the most beautiful woman in all Jerusalem. Rosa's life coincides with the fifty years of the state of Israel-she was born during the War of Independence in the 1940s and disappears on a cold winter night in the 1990s-and her absorbing tale is part history, part fairy tale, and part legend. From her earliest memories of the battle over West Jerusalem in 1948 and hearing the sounds of looters dragging carpets through the streets on the morning after the Battle of Saint Simon, to her childhood in the neighborhood of Katamon, to her three marriages and eight children named after American movie stars, Rosa's life-with its triumphs and tragedies-transcends the worlds of fiction, history, and folklore all at on.
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