Sami Michael: A Trumpet in the Wadi

(Fiction, 244 pp. Hebrew, 1987; English translation, 2003)

Set in 1982 in the Arab quarter of Haifa, the Iraqi-born author’s bestseller paints a sensitive picture of a Christian Arab family, one of whose daughters enters into a romance with the Russian Jewish immigrant who moves upstairs.  Contending with this unlikely turn of events, the protagonists and their families wrestle with complex questions of loyalty and identity.

  • ReviewKirkus
  • Review by Dara Horn, Forward, August 8, 2003
  • Profile by Gabrielle Birkner, Forward, August 8, 2003
  • Profile by Joe Eskenazi, Jweekly, November 6, 2003
  • Essay by Sami Michael, “Going Separate Ways,” Ha’aretz, November 5, 2005