Borrow
Buy

Every Home Needs a Balcony

by Rina Frank

Interconnected chapters floating between past and present tell the story of Rina, a young Jewish girl, daughter of Romanian immigrants, growing up in poverty-stricken 1950s Haifa, and her life after she falls in love and marries a wealthy Spaniard. I loved the warmth and colour of everyday life seen through the eyes of the little girl from the balcony of their cramped apartment but sometimes wanted to give her a good slap as an adult!

Extract

Thursdays were the days on which the bedclothes were not put out to air; instead, the carpets were brought out and laid over the balustrade. After being left alone to soak up a few hours of dry, hot, and dusty hamsin air, the carpets were beaten with the cruelty they deserved, so as to be clean for Shabbat. As if by mutual signal, in unison, with a rhythm that sounded like the beat of tom-toms, all the ladies of Wadi Salib thrashed the living daylights out of the carpets as they hung over the balconies of their homes.
Translated by Ora Cummings

Parallels

Mr Mani by A B Yehoshua
My Michael by Amos Oz
 

Read Extract

Books with similar rating

Borrow

1. Select UK region:

Not in the UK?

Scotland Norther Ireland North East of England North West of England Yorkshire and the Humber Wales West Midlands East Midlands East of England London South West of England South East of England

Sign in

 
Email:
 
Password:

Whichbook Sign Up

Enter your email address to get started:

First name:
Last name:
Password:
Confirm password:

Alerts

Email alerts are only available for registered users.