Bestselling Israeli author Zeruya Shalev discusses her new novel, Pain, with acclaimed author Lauren Groff (Fates & Furies, Florida). Come meet these two incredible authors in person.
More about Pain: Ten years after Iris was almost killed in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, the pain of her injuries return. (Much like the author Shalev, who survived a suicide bombing that left her bedridden for 6 months). Iris is shocked when her doctor turns out to be the love of her teenage years, Eitan, whose rejection she’s never gotten over or forgiven. Caught in her past, and trapped in her unfulfilling life, they start a secret affair. For the first time in decades, and despite the guilt, Iris is alight with passion and love. However, her world gets more complicated when she learns her daughter has been caught up in the charismatic, cultish embrace of an older man who seems to have total control over her. Iris has been tortured by the memories of Eitan’s departure and the life they never had for thirty years, and now she’s faced with an impossible choice: try to reclaim the life she should have had, or work to fix her broken family.