THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES LAPINSKY (Talon Books)
- Winner of the 2008 One Book, One Vancouver Prize
- Finalist,Toronto Book Award
- Named One of the Top Ten Books About Toronto, by the Toronto Star. The list included Margaret Atwood and Michael Ontaantje
In 2003, a mild mannered historian named Moses Lapinksy jots down notes for a biography which is to tell the tale of his father, Sonny, a famous, Jewish-Canadian boxer. As Moses buries himself in his research, he is transported back in time to the pivotal events of his father’s life.
Crammed with humour, sorrow, folly, bravery and the richness of the everyday, Tulchinsky’s brilliant novel traces the remarkable fortunes of generations of the Lapinsky family, bringing life to the character of an entire community.
August 1933: after weeks of tension, on a sweltering night at Christie Pits Park, four youths unfurl a white sheet emblazoned with a large black Swastika, lift their arms and shout, “Heil Hitler!” during a softball game. Within seconds, a group of Jewish youths charge in a struggle to capture the flag, setting off the largest race riot inToronto’s history, involving fifteen thousand people and injuring hundreds.
Tulchinksy takes us inside the life of one immigrant Jewish family, from this pivotal moment, through the war years and into the early 1950’s, creating a stunning fictional statement of a defining moment for a family, a city and a continent struggling with ideas of freedom, tolerance and identity in a world broken by war.
“Tulchinsky’s latest novel might be considered old-fashioned in the very best sense; its got lots of heart.” – National Post
LOVE RUINS EVERYTHING (Insomniac Press)
Named A Top Ten Book by The Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco, Love Ruins Everything follows the adventures of Nomi Rabinovitch, a sweet but insecure and bumbling butch lesbian as she recovers from a broken heart and negotiates her way back into the dating scene in San Francisco. Summoned home to Toronto to attend her mother’s surprise second wedding, Nomi is drawn into the AIDS activism of her gay, HIV-positive cousin, Henry and Julie Sakamoto, the new woman of her dreams, as they battle to expose uncomfortable truths about the origins of the AIDS epidemic.
As in real life, humour, romance and tragedy are woven through this warm, funny and thought-provoking portrayal of queer life at the end of the last century.
“Filled with life and cram-jammed with gorgeous prose, Tulchinsky’s tragicomic tale heralds the arrival of a singular voice.” – Toronto Star
“Tulchinsky writes adeptly and with passion…and she has something important to say.” – Globe and Mail
Love and Other Ruins (Insomniac Press)
The sequel to Love Ruins Everything, Love and Other Ruins picks up the story four months later as the characters prepare for the approach of the Millennium. Over the course of the year 1999, Nomi Rabinovitch and her lover, Julie Sakamoto, negotiate the joy and pain of a long-distance relationship; Nomi’s cousin Henry devotes more energy to AIDS activism, even as he must cope with intense treatments as his health declines; and Solly and Belle, Henry’s estranged parents, are drawn closer by their shared love for their son. And Bubbe, aged somewhere between 92 and 97, might be hard of hearing, but she’s certainly not blind to the crazy events swirling around her.
A joyful, hilarious, and often very touching story of love, pain, activism and family, Love and Other Ruins offers readers another chance to spend time with the delightfully engaging Nomi Rabinovitch and her eccentric friends and relatives.
In Her Nature (Women’s Press)
WINNER of the Vancity Book Prize
Desire, hot sex, cool sex, grieving and thriving as a Jewish dyke – it’s all here in this rich and warm debut collection of short stories. From the flirtatious adventures of Bobby Silverstein to the in yer face politics of Kayla Rosenbaum, In Her Nature beats with the heat-seeking energy of women who grab life by the gut and live it to the ma. A delicious slice of life born and lived lesbian.
“These interrelated stories are lesbian centred, but richly inclusive of grandparents, parents, gay male friends, straight friends, most of whom come to some accommodation with the funny, sexy, kind young women who love and desire each other.” – Jane Rule
“Tulchinsky’s pitch is perfect.” – Publishers Weekly
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