This is How We Talk
A novel of Tel-Aviv
by Julian Furman
Pub Date 11 May 2017
While life in Tel-Aviv, Israel’s famed party town, is punctuated by hedonism and bitter regret, two young Israelis, Lia and Yonatan, are struggling to save their relationship for the sake of their child.
Around them, the city is constantly evolving and expanding upwards, full to bursting with Jews and Arabs, rich and poor, refugees and addicts. As Lia’s and Yonatan’s lives spiral out of control, and with war never far away, Tel-Aviv convulses in uncertainty and social unrest.
This is How We Talk tells of the lives and loves of Tel-Aviv’s young generation with a searing honesty; their relationships with each other and their home in a country at war with its neighbours, and with itself.
‘In This Is How We Talk by Julian Furman, two Israeli thirty-somethings – Yonatan and Lia – are desperately trying to salvage some love from their deteriorating relationship as well as meaning for their existence in a country at war with its neighbours and at war with itself. As important as the two main protagonists is Tel-Aviv, a city that is forever expanding outwards and upwards, a melting pot of the rich and dispossessed, the immigrant and the sabra, the religious and the secular, the ancient and the modern, the Jew and the Arab. The author is equally at home steering the reader along the tree-lined central boulevards into the sleek nightclubs and up into the sea-view towers of the wealthy, as he is among the darker areas of the city frequented by the drug addicts and the homeless or beyond to the outlying suburbs where the Arab population live. This is a stylish, assured and compelling debut.’ J David Simons, author of The Credit Draper, An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful and A Woman of Integrity