A writer wakes up in a hotel room in an unfamiliar city. His clothes are muddy; he doesn’t know how long he’s been lying in bed. Yonatan came to participate in a literary festival that is long over—why is he still here? When he attempts to reconstruct his lost days, Yonatan learns that he told people at the festival that his best friend had died. The trouble is… his friend is very much alive. Yonatan stays on in Mexico City, reluctant to return to his wife and son back home in Tel Aviv. Convinced his closest friend, Yoel, is going to die, he struggles to preserve his sanity. But why is he so convinced? Does the answer lie in their childhood in Jerusalem, when it was them against the world? Nir Baram's compassionate and personal novel is about an extraordinary friendship between two boys who become men haunted by a shared past. It is also a universal story of family and love, and of the power of memory and imagination.
"One of the best coming of age novels I have read in in recent years. Beautiful, touching, written with the integrity of a true writer. An unforgettable story of love, friendship, family and death." —A. B. Yehoshua
“Baram’s most fascinating and moving book… A beautiful and wonderful novel.” —Esti Adivi Shoshan, Ha’aretz
“A spectacular accomplishment by one of the most wonderful Hebrew writers.” —Alona Kimchi, Israel Today
"This book will crawl under your skin and will not let go." —NRC
"Skilfully, Baram plunges into the world in between: between life and death, childhood, adolescence and adulthood, between being a child and being a father, love and hate, day and night, intoxication and sobriety." —Aargauer Zeitung
"A rare book in Israel’s literary landscape…Depicts the past in the most profound way without a shred of romanticising." —Maariv
"One of the most beautiful bildungsroman books I have read. A novel about a profound and moving friendship, about pain and about life…Rush out to read it." —Saloona