Feelings of powerlessness

Fallenberg is a fearless writer; particularly on the vulnerability and rawness of desire

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
September 13, 2018 16:16
'The Parting Gift'

'The Parting Gift'. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Evan Fallenberg knows what it’s like to lose yourself to someone else; the delirium and danger that accompanies obsessive love. His writing feels like he is drawing upon this from personal experience. The kind of physical love that renders one speechless – and annihilates the world that surrounds it.

Fallenberg’s new intoxicating novel, The Parting Gift, is about a 28-year-old unnamed narrator and his treacherous love affair with Uzi. Uzi is a 40-year-old twice married and divorced father of five not prone to introspection of any kind. He runs a spice-growing business somewhere near the highway that runs south along the Mediterranean coast and ends in Tel Aviv.

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