On a kibbutz in Israel in 2008, Gili is celebrating the ninetieth birthday of her grandmother Vera, the adored matriarch of a sprawling and tight-knit family. But festivities are interrupted by the arrival of Nina: the iron-willed daughter who rejected Vera's care; and the absent mother who abandoned Gili when she was still a baby. Nina's return to the family after years of silence precipitates an epic journey from Israel to the desolate island of Goli Otok, formerly part of Yugoslavia. It was here, five decades earlier, that Vera was held and tortured as a political prisoner. And it is here that the three women will finally come to terms with the terrible moral dilemma that Vera faced, and that permanently altered the course of their lives. More Than I Love My Life is a sweeping story about the power of love and loving with courage. A novel driven by faith in humanity even in our darkest moments, it asks us to confront our deepest held beliefs about a woman's duty to herself and to her children.
David Grossman is an Israeli author who has won both the Sapir Prize, for best literary work, and the Bialik Prize, for best Hebrew literature. Grossman (born January 25, 1954) was born in Jerusalem and served in the Israel Defense Forces in military intelligence. Grossman later studied philosophy and theater at the Hebrew University. While in university, Grossman continued his career at Israel Radio, where he had started at the age of 10 as a correspondent for youth broadcasts. He eventually was named anchor for Israel’s national broadcasting service but was sacked in 1988 after refusing to bury a story on the Palestinian leadership. Grossman has written dozens of books and achieved international acclaim for his works, which have been translated into more than 30 languages. In 2001, he was awarded the annual Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award, for his work Someone to Run With. In 2004, Grossman was a co-recipient of the Bialik Prize for Literature from the Tel Aviv municipality. In 2007, he received the Emet Prize which recognizes excellence in academic and professional achievements that have significant contributions to Israeli society. An outspoken peace activist, Grossman thrust his political views into the public debate during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War. On August 10, 2006, Grossman and fellow authors Amoz Oz and A.B. Yehoshua held a press conference in which they urged the government to agree to ceasefire. Tragically, two days later, Grossman’s son Uri was killed by an anti-tank missile fired at his armored unit in southern Lebanon.