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Rue Des Rosiers

by (author) Rhea Tregebov

Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2019
Jewish, Literary, Coming of Age, Political, Cultural Heritage, Contemporary Women
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When Sarah is fired from her Toronto job, a chance stay in Paris opens her up to new direction and purpose. But when she reads the writing on the wall above her local Metro subway station, death to the Jews, shadows from childhood rise again. And as her path crosses that of Laila, a young woman living in an exile remote from the luxuries of 1980s Paris, Sarah stumbles towards to an act of terrorism that may realize her childhood fears.

About the author

Rhea Tregebov is the author of seven critically acclaimed books of poetry, most recently All Souls' (Wolsak & Wynn, 2019). She has also published five popular children's picture books including The Big Storm and What-If Sara, which are set in Winnipeg. She has edited ten anthologies of essays, poetry and fiction, most recently Arguing with the Storm. Her work has received a number of literary prizes, including the Nancy Richler Award for fiction (for Rue des Rosiers) as well as the Segal , Prairie Schooner Readers' Choice Award, and the Malahat Review Long Poem Award for her poetry. Rue des Rosiers is her second novel. The Knife Sharpener’s Bell, her first, won the J.I. Segal Prize in English Fiction. Born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg, Tregebov lived for many years in Toronto, working as a freelance writer, editor, and instructor. From 2005 to 2017 she taught Creative Writing at UBC. She is now an Associate Professor Emerita at UBC. 

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  • Short-listed, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize
  • Winner, Nancy Richler Memorial Prize for Fiction

Editorial Reviews

“Gripping new novel looks at how a violent event gives a woman her life."

Vancouver Sun

“The novel is beautifully written and is one that I definitely will want to read again as the themes are so important for the times we are all living through.”

49th Shelf

Rue des Rosiers will stay with readers for a long time…the novel is a master-class in the intelligent handling of voice.”

The Ormsby Review

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