The Dead Man tells the story of Eve, who is both a composer of Jewish sacred music and a music therapist, and who is obsessed. For some reason, this sensible, intelligent, middle-aged feminist cannot recover from a brief relationship she had five years ago with a world-famous music critic named Jake. This obsession is a mystery to Eve’s friends, and also to her. To try and resolve this, Eve returns to Israel, where she and Jake first fell in love, and where he still lives. In Jerusalem she revisits all their old haunts, while also attending a music therapy seminar and a Jewish music conference, and gradually the dark secret behind this complex relationship begins to unravel. Eve discovers the forgotten childhood memories, losses, and desires that underpinned her relationship with Jake, and now she is able to finally complete her unfinished composition and leave her obsession behind. The Dead Man is a beautiful novel about love, loss, sexism, the creative process, and the power of music to transform our lives.
The Dead Man
- From the Publisher
May 3, 2016
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