The Mystics Of Mile End by Sigal SamuelThe Mystics Of Mile End by Sigal Samuel

The Mystics Of Mile End

bySigal Samuel

Paperback | January 15, 2005

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Four distinct voices weave together the tale of a dysfunctional Montreal family obsessed with climbing the Kabbalah's Tree of Life. This literary debut by Jewish Daily Forward editor Sigal Samuel is reminiscent of Nicole Krauss's The History of Love and Myla Goldberg's Bee Season.

The Meyer family lives in Mile End, home to a mashup of hipsters and Hasidic Jews, where down the street crazy Mr. Katz is building a tree out of plucked leaves, toilet paper rolls, and dental floss. When David, a skeptical professor of religion, is diagnosed with an unusual heart murmur, he becomes convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets.

But when David's frenzied attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his daughter Samara, who abruptly abandoned religion years earlier, believes it is up to her to finish what she started. As Samara's brother documents her increasingly strange behaviour, it falls to next-door neighbour and Holocaust survivor Chaim Glassman to shatter the silence that divides the members of the Meyer family. But can he break through to them in time?

Long-held family secrets square off against faith and secularity in this remarkable debut novel, written with extraordinary heart and intelligence.

Sigal Samuel is an award-winning fiction writer, journalist, essayist and playwright. Currently a writer and editor for the Jewish Daily Forward, she previously worked for The Daily Beast. She has also published work in The Rumpus, BuzzFeed, The Walrus, and This Magazine, among others. She has been a featured writer at the Blue Metropo...
Title:The Mystics Of Mile EndFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:January 15, 2005Publisher:Freehand BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554812534

ISBN - 13:9781554812530


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you, Sigal Samuel I loved this story: l'dor v'dor. I loved it's queerness and the Torah and Zohar in a Canadian context. Having read this novel immediately before Yirmayahu Yovel's 'Spinoza and other heretics,' this novel helped to ward off any complete predilection to Spinoza'a rationalism, and kept the door open in me to how the Zohar and Kabbalah are clearly responses to Life, not just niches in a market for popular religion/self-help.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it This is a wonderful story. I over the characters.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book This book, written in four different, yet intertwined voices, follow the lives of one family and the obsession with climbing the Kabbalah Tree of Life. Even if you're not Jewish, you will enjoy this book. It is a book that reminds us of our obsession of attempted redemption for those whom we have lost. Beautifully written book.
Date published: 2016-12-27