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A Narrow Bridge (Paperback)

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I couldn’t put this book down, beginning by being drawn in by one of the most compelling first lines I have ever read. This multi-cultural debut is about two very different people, from very diverse circumstances and backgrounds.

Jacob Fisher is a devout Jew living and working in his orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood. He has a troubled past, but a miraculous current life, until the unthinkable happens and his family is killed in front of his eyes. Rosie grew up in the rural south and has returned to her hometown in Alabama following the breakup of her marriage. She works very hard to reestablish herself and reclaim her life.  It takes her a very long time to warm up to this newcomer who has no place in her community.

Ultimately, this is a beautiful examination of human connection and finding a reason to live again after all hope is gone.
J.J. Gesher is the pen name for co-authors Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal. This is their debut novel together following their successful careers in screenwriting.

— From Terry's Traffic Light Delights


Shortly after Orthodox Jewish Brooklynite Jacob Fischer puts his young family on a bus to visit relatives, the bus explodes in a stunning act of terrorism. HIs faith shattered, Jacob flees the comforts of his community and disappears. He lands up in a predominantly black town in rural Alabama, where he meets Rosie, the single mother of a young son. Their developing relationship, along with the rekindling of his love of music, precipitate events that will change both their lives. This debut novel is a powerful page-turner that follows a complex man on a journey of salvation after tragedy.

About the Author

J.J. Gesher is the pen name for co-authors Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal.Together, Janet and Joyce have completed three feature screenplays and won several prestigious screenwriting awards, including the Geller Prize and the Screenwriting Award at the Austin Film Festival. Their first collaboration was a Lifetime Television movie. A Narrow Bridge is their first novel. Joyce Gittlin graduated with an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and spent the next 25 years writing and directing television. Among her many credits are Wings, Frasier, and Everybody Loves Raymond. In addition, she has written more than 10 feature films for Disney, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. Janet B. Fattal received a masters in Comparative Literature from UCLA and has taught literature and writing at the college level. She has edited several memoirs and written curriculum for high school and college students. Janet shares her passion for literature by leading many book groups, including for the Skirball Cultural Center in L.A., Hadassah, and the Brandeis alumni book club.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781938849824
ISBN-10: 1938849825
Publisher: Prospect Park Books
Publication Date: February 14th, 2017
Pages: 296
Language: English