A novel depicting a spiky father-son relationship tested to its limits on their last holiday together.
On a nine-day winter break in Tenerife, where nothing is quite good enough, Miki Lentin tries in vain to ask his ailing, elderly Irish Jewish father questions about their past before it’s too late. The absurdity and hilarity of family holidays in the sun are brought to life in this sharp and fiercely honest novel that crosses borders from the narrator’s home in Dublin to his grandmother’s apartment in Israel, carrying the reader on a tide of childhood pain, a search for identity, history, and growth.
Finalist in the 2020 Irish Novel Fair
Placed highly in the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize 2020
““By making his story very specifically Jewish/Irish, Lentin actually releases its universal quality. Everything about the characters and their relationship feels recognisable and true for sons and fathers everywhere.”
Gerry Stembridge, Author of The Effect of Her
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“Winter Sun by Miki Lentin is a captivating debut novel exploring father and son relationships, love, loss, hope, and the human condition during a week the writer spends with his aging father. Lentin’s writing style is impactful, and it evokes a range of emotions in the reader. The book’s ten chapters are beautifully written, each with a unique and thought-provoking message. Winter Sun is an emotionally engaging story that is definitely worth checking out.”
Nizan Weisman, author of A Place, longlisted for Israel’s prestigious Sapir Prize
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