Ten Thousand

Ten Thousand Lovers

Hodder Headline; HarperCollins

Finalist for Governor General's Award
Finalist for Koret Jewish Book Award
Finalist for Quebec Writers Federation Award
Quill and Quire five best books of the year list
Hadassah WZO top five novels of the year
Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel
Award Shortlist

Ravel is unflinching in her exploration of the moral and emotional conflicts of her characters and of the country in which they live, but the light she shines is as compassionate as it is clear-eyed, illuminating each character's full humanity and revealing the beating heart of the state of Israel as well as its wounded spirit… her seemingly simple and direct sentences often resonate with myriad meanings, possibilities and ironies… The etymological forays provide fascinating, insightful glimpses into the development of the Israeli psyche… This is a brave and beautiful book. It is a heartbreaking book. It could have been called Ten Thousand Dreams, or Ten Thousand Hopes, but Ten Thousand Lovers is best, for this book is at heart a love story. Read it for that, for the pure pleasure of it. But read it also to understand why love -- even transcendent love -- is sometimes not enough.

- Nancy Richler, Globe & Mail, Toronto

Edeet Ravel’s debut novel, Ten Thousand Lovers, is a stunning book, a must-read for anyone who likes a love story and who cares about justice, humanity, and the state of the world.

- Quill And Quire, Montreal

Determined to avoid stereotype, Edeet Ravel succeeds in sketching the intriguing portrait of a skillful interrogator… The beauty of the conversations is that while [Ami and Lily] are in bed, in the living room, on hikes, at parties or sharing a joint, hovering over them is the hideous specter of torture… Ravel’s strength lies not only in fantasizing about the beauties of Israel, but in allowing the menacing and the terrible to become part of her portrait of Israeli life. This is a wonderful book, compelling not only for its literary merit but because it expands our grasp of what 'Israeli' means."

- Haaretz, Israel