In the summer of 1989, at Tel-Kedar, a small settlement in the Negev Desert, the long time love affair between Theo, a sixty-year-old civil engineer, and Noa, a much younger school teacher, is slowly disintegrating. When a pupil of Noa's dies under difficult circumstances, the couple and the entire town are thrown into turmoil. Bestselling author Amos Oz explores with brilliant insight the limits and endless possibilities of love and tolerance and its effects on individual and community relationships.
Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz is the internationally acclaimed author of numerous novels and essay collections that have been translated into thirty languages. He has received several international awards, including the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize and the Frankfurt Peace Prize. He lectures in literature at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, and he was Weidenfeld visiting Professor at St Anne's College, Oxford, in 1998. Amos Oz is married with two daughters and a son, and lives in Arad, in Israel.