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The Art of Leaving

A Memoir
Narrated by: Ayelet Tsabari
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

An intimate memoir in essays by an award-winning Israeli writer who travels the world, from New York to India, searching for love, belonging, and an escape from grief following the death of her father when she was a young girl.

This searching collection opens with the death of Ayelet Tsabari’s father when she was just nine years old. His passing left her feeling rootless, devastated, and driven to question her complex identity as an Israeli of Yemeni descent in a country that suppressed and devalued her ancestors’ traditions.

In The Art of Leaving, Tsabari tells her story, from her early love of writing and words, to her rebellion during her mandatory service in the Israeli army. She travels from Israel to New York, Canada, Thailand, and India, falling in and out of love with countries, men and women, drugs and alcohol, running away from responsibilities, and refusing to settle in one place. She recounts her first marriage, her struggle to define herself as a writer in a new language, her decision to become a mother, and finally, her rediscovery and embrace of her family history - a history marked by generations of headstrong women who struggled to choose between their hearts and their homes. Eventually, she realizes she must reconcile the memories of her father and the sadness of her past if she is ever going to come to terms with herself.

With fierce, emotional prose, Ayelet Tsabari crafts a beautiful meditation about the lengths we will travel to try to escape our grief, the universal search to find a place where we belong, and the sense of home we eventually find within ourselves.

Praise for The Art of Leaving

"The Art of Leaving is, in large part, about what is passed down to us, and how we react to whatever it is.... [It] is not self-help - we cannot become whatever we put our mind to - yet it suggests that we can begin to heal from what has broken us, if we only let ourselves.... Tsabari’s intense prose gave me pause.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Told in a series of fierce, unflinching essays...an Israeli Canadian author explores her upbringing and the death of her father in this stark, beautiful memoir.” [Shelf Awareness (starred review)]

The Art of Leaving will take you on an emotional journey you won’t soon forget.” (Hello Giggles)

“Candid, affecting... [Ayelet Tsabari’s] linked essays cohere into a tender, moving memoir.” [Kirkus Reviews (starred review)]

©2019 Ayelet Tsabari (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Ayelet Tsabari has written a beautiful, complex, and emotionally breathtaking memoir that captures and transcends her journey of self-discovery as a Jewish Yemeni woman within and beyond Israel’s borders. The Art of Leaving is a marvel of a book, at once tender and fearless, from a writer at the peak of her creative powers.” (Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Intolerable and Brown)
 

“In The Art of Leaving, Ayelet Tsabari excavates the dark loam of her memory, unearthing treasure after treasure. Her discoveries are nuanced, complex, and beautiful. These essays are timely and urgent, and they’ve been polished until they shine.” (Alison Pick, author of Between Gods: A Memoir and Strangers with the Same Dream

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