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Pain: A Novel with Zeruya Shalev

  • The Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis St. San Francisco United States (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce St between Ellis and Eddy streets.


During the ten years since she was seriously injured in a terrorist attack, Iris has become a dedicated, successful school principal, and her two children have grown up and are almost independent. But the pain has returned to torment her. At the same time, Eitan, the love of her youth, comes back into her life. As Iris concocts lies to conceal her affair from her family, the lies become more and more complicated. Pain exposes how old passions can return, testing our capacity to make choices about what is most essential in life.

Born on Kibbutz Kinneret, Zeruya Shalev is the author of six novels that have been translated into twenty-five languages. She is the recipient of the Book Publishers’ Association’s Gold and Platinum Prizes, the Corine Prize, the ACUM Award, the French Wizo Prize, and the Die Welt Prize. Shalev holds an MA in Biblical studies and works as a literary editor.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel.