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The Hug

David Grossman

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-0273-8
Trim Size: 7 7/8 x 9


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"You are sweet," Ben's mother tells him as they walk in the field at sunset, "There is no one like you in the entire world!" "I want there to be someone like me!" Ben exclaims, for if he is the only person like himself in the entire world, he wonders, won't he get lonely?

In The Hug, internationally renowned author David Grossman tells the moving story of the moment when Ben realizes that no two living creatures are alike—not his mother and father, their beautiful dog Miracle or the ants who march side by side at his feet and appear identical—and the loneliness he feels knowing that there is no one else quite like him in the whole world. But just as he is feeling the most alone he has ever felt, he is soothed by his mother's loving hug. Timeless, touching, and beautifully produced, The Hug is a charming and important work for parents and children encountering the feeling of being different, together.

"[A] charming book." —Nechama Rivlin, First Lady of Israel

"The language is lyrical and spare but filled with universal truth; the art, also spare, just grays with a hint of color, is perfect for enhancing story and mood." —Jewish Book World

"One of contemporary literature's most versatile and absorbing writers." —San Francisco Chronicle

"There are some writers in whose words one recognizes the texture of life. David Grossman is such a writer. He is a master of the emotionally accurate and significant . . ." —Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi

David Grossman was born in Jerusalem. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and has been translated into thirty languages. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome's Premio per la Pace e l'Azione Umitaria, the Premio Ischia International Award for Journalism, Israel's Emet Prize, and the Albatross Prize given by the Günter Grass Foundation.

Michal Rovner lives and works between New York City and a farm in Israel. Rovner's work in video, sculpture and installation creates a chain of associations from the poetic to the political. In her work, masses of people move in rhythmic patterns that appear both orderly and disorderly, creating a new complex language. Her works about time and the human condition touch on processes of archeology and science. Rovner's work has been exhibited worldwide in over fifty solo exhibitions including a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, and Histoires (2011), a solo exhibition in three parts at the Musee du Louvre in Paris. Site specific video installations created by Rovner include: Mutual Interest (1997) at the Tate Gallery, London; and Cracks in Time (2012) at Castello di Rivoli, Turin.

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