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The Mystics of Mile End: A Novel by [Samuel, Sigal]
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An absorbing tale of one family s search for meaning, The Mystics of Mile End is a beautiful and at times heartbreaking read. --- Anya Ulinich, author of Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel"

This skillfully spun story forces us to look at life s toughest questions, while we marvel at its everyday beauty and heartbreak. --- Lee Woodruff, author of In an Instant and Those We Love Most"

A remarkable debut where varying perspectives on faith, family, and the search for meaning are explored by characters brought to life with a profound sense of empathy for what it means to be human. ---- Simon Van Booy, author of Everything Beautiful Began After"

The Mystics in Sigal Samuel s charming and generous book may be found near the intersection of Nicole Krauss s The History of Love, Jhumpa Lahiri s The Namesake, and Mordecai Richler s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. This wonderfully self-assured debut explores the perils of faith and doubt. ---- Adam Langer, Crossing California"

A family is pulled to Jewish this expansive saga about faith, love, and loss The minor characters, ever present in the background, shine as their stories conclude powerfully A tale about the stories we let ourselves believe. ---- Kirkus Review"

Rarely does one encounter a novel as full of charm and heart as Sigal Samuel s riveting The Mystics of Mile End...A novel that takes up enormous questions - about the very nature of existence - with both profound intelligence and galloping humor. Before you crack open this book, be forewarned: You will fall in love. ---- Joanna Rakoff, My Salinger Year"

An inventive debut novel, The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel (Morrow) is set in the Montreal Jewish neighborhood of Mile End, with questions of faith, religion and identity swirling about, as each member of a family dabbles in the Kabbalah. ---- The Jewish Week"

This debut novel by Forward editor Samuel, set in Montreal s Mile End neighborhood, is a charmer about the appeal of Jewish mysticism and the bonds of family. It was greeted rapturously in Canada, with the Globe and Mail saying it inspired wonder at a well-ordered and meaningful world. ---- The Forward"

Every character in this outstanding first novel is searching for a reason to exist The need for human relationships and mysticism s relationship to life impel them forward This heart-stopping narrative will keep readers glued until the very end. ---- Library Journal Starred Review"

...The book provides a solid foundation for profitable discussions and would make a good book-club choice. --- Booklist"

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Sigal Samuel’s debut novel, in the vein of Nicole Krauss’s bestselling The History of Love, is an imaginative story that delves into the heart of Jewish mysticism, faith, and family.

“This is not an ordinary tree I am making.

“This,” he said, “this is the Tree of Knowledge.” 

In the half-Hasidic, half-hipster Montreal neighborhood of Mile End, eleven-year-old Lev Meyer is discovering that there may be a place for Judaism in his life. As he learns about science in his day school, Lev begins his own extracurricular study of the Bible’s Tree of Knowledge with neighbor Mr. Katz, who is building his own Tree out of trash. Meanwhile his sister Samara is secretly studying for her Bat Mitzvah with next-door neighbor and Holocaust survivor, Mr. Glassman. All the while his father, David, a professor of Jewish mysticism, is a non-believer.

When, years later, David has a heart attack, he begins to believe God is speaking to him. While having an affair with one of his students, he delves into the complexities of Kabbalah. Months later Samara, too, grows obsessed with the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life—hiding her interest from those who love her most–and is overcome with reaching the Tree’s highest heights. The neighbors of Mile End have been there all along, but only one of them can catch her when she falls.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2171 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (13 October 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WR12MDS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,126 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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