• More Than I Love My Life

  • By: David Grossman
  • Narrated by: Gilli Messer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
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An epic, deeply moving novel about the power of love and loving with courage - from the Man Booker International Prize-winning author of A Horse Walks into a Bar.

On a kibbutz in Israel in 2008, Gili is celebrating the 90th birthday of her grandmother Vera, the adored matriarch of a sprawling and tight-knit family. But festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Nina: the iron-willed daughter who rejected Vera's care and the absent mother who abandoned Gili when she was still a baby.

Nina's return to the family after years of silence precipitates an epic journey from Israel to the desolate island of Goli Otok, formerly part of Yugoslavia. It was here, five decades earlier, that Vera was held and tortured as a political prisoner. It is here that the three women will finally come to terms with the terrible moral dilemma that Vera faced, and that permanently altered the course of their lives.

More Than I Love My Life is a sweeping story about the power of love and loving with courage. A novel driven by faith in humanity even in our darkest moments, it asks us to confront our deepest held beliefs about a woman's duty to herself and to her children.

©2021 David Grossman (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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"Grossman's work resonates with emotional intelligence, humanity and truth." (Irish Times)

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  • 01-27-22

One of the most beautiful stories I have heard

A Most wonderful performance by the narrator. A. story I will never forget and will come back to to hear again

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  • 03-02-22

loved this book

loved this book. so beautifully written such a poignant story so glad to have been introduced to these courageous characters.