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Men's Club Book Group
“A Pigeon and a Boy” by Meir Shalev
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 9 AM

One East 65th Street
Open to all Temple members
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Read an excerpt from the book.
rom the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev (translated from Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg) comes A Pigeon and a Boy — a mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion.

During the 1948 War of Independence — a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages — a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded. In the moments before his death, he dispatches one last pigeon. The bird is carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence. Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of Yair Mendelsohn, who has his own legacy from the 1948 war. Yair is a tour guide specializing in bird-watching trips who, in middle age, falls in love again with a childhood girlfriend. His growing passion for her, along with a gift from his mother on her deathbed, becomes the key to a life he thought no longer possible.

Unforgettable in both its particulars and its sweep, A Pigeon and a Boy is a tale of lovers then and now — of how deeply we love, of what home is and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction only, must eventually return to it. In a voice that is at once playful, wise and altogether beguiling, Meir Shalev tells a story as universal as war and as intimate as a winged declaration of love. (Source: Publisher’s website)


MEIR SHALEV was born in 1948 on Nahalal, Israel’s first moshav, and is one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have been best sellers in Israel, Holland and Germany. In 1999 the author was awarded the Juliet Club Prize (Italy). He also has received the Prime Minister’s Prize (Israel), the Chiavari (Italy), the Entomological Prize (Israel), the WIZO Prize (France, Israel, and Italy) and, for A Pigeon and a Boy, the Brenner Prize, Israel’s highest literary recognition. A columnist for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Shalev lives in Jerusalem and in northern Israel with his wife and children.


Open to all members of the Temple, our discussion will be held in the Marvin and Elisabeth Cassell Community House (One East 65th Street). Questions? Contact the Men’s Club.


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