The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land: Stories by Friedlander, Omer
Omer Friedlander
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The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land: Stories -- Omer Friedlander

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A brilliant young author's stunning fiction debut: gorgeously immersive and imaginative stories that transcend borders as they render the intimate lives of people striving for connection

"A beautiful debut by a deeply humane writer. Every story is a vivid world unto itself, intensely felt, and often revelatory."--Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love

The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land
announces the arrival of a natural-born storyteller of immense talent. Warm, poignant, delightfully whimsical, Omer Friedlander's gorgeously immersive and imaginative stories take you to the narrow limestone alleyways of Jerusalem, the desolate beauty of the Negev Desert, and the sprawling orange groves of Jaffa, with characters that spring to vivid life. A divorced con artist and his daughter sell empty bottles of "holy air" to credulous tourists; a Lebanese Scheherazade enchants three young soldiers in a bombed-out Beirut radio station; a boy daringly "rooftops" at night, climbing steel cranes in scuffed sneakers even as he reimagines the bravery of a Polish-Jewish dancer during the Holocaust; an Israeli volunteer at a West Bank checkpoint mourns the death of her son, a soldier killed in Gaza.

These stories render the intimate lives of people striving for connection. They are fairy tales turned on their head by the stakes of real life, where moments of fragile intimacy mix with comedy and notes of the absurd. Told in prose of astonishing vividness that also demonstrates remarkable control and restraint, they have a universal appeal to the heart.

Author: Omer Friedlander
Publisher: Random House
Published: 04/12/2022
Pages: 256
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780593242971

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 11/01/2021 pg. 11
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2022
Publishers Weekly 02/21/2022

About the Author
Born in Jerusalem in 1994, Omer Friedlander grew up in Tel Aviv. He earned a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, England, and an MFA from Boston University, where he was supported by the Saul Bellow Fellowship. His short stories have won numerous awards, and have been published in the United States, Canada, France, and Israel. A Starworks Fellow in Fiction at New York University, he has earned a Bread Loaf Work-Study Scholarship as well as a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. He currently lives in New York City.

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