search
Home  \  Authors  \  Authors  \  Merav Halperin  \ 

My Husband's Not Home

Merav Halperin

"GOLDEN" BOOK 2016 - More than 20,000 copies sold in Israel

No butterflies here, or romantic sunsets. Instead a fast, furious and hilarious book that you cannot put down except to laugh out loud. The heroine is a successful lawyer who has always done the "right thing," until one day her husband leaves her for an older, less attractive woman and she tries to fathom where she went wrong.

Halperin is skilled at describing this woman who apparently has everything. She is wealthy, attractive and fashionable, has a high-octane career, two teenage children who drive her crazy, and an eccentric mother - an aging diva - who lives in an old folks home and flirts with all the men, much to her daughter’s embarrassment. She has to juggle all these, as well as her search for a new husband, without losing her cool or creasing her designer blouse. She fights on all fronts and fails on all of them, but doesn’t break. Cynical, uninhibited and godless, she dares to speak about things that everyone else hides: Why kids don’t bring happiness, what routine sex with a husband is like, how to live with betrayal, what women are prepared to sacrifice for marriage, and what men are prepared to do for sex.

Mercilessly and with infectious humor, Halperin follows the heroine’s juggling act, which is also the story of an entire generation of frazzled women, the first to be told that they can have it all - marriage, a home, children, a career, a good salary, as well as looking like a million dollars.


PARTIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION AVAILABLE (for publishers only). 


The funniest book I’ve read over the past year … With sarcastic wit, Halperin describes the situation of all of us at that age when we have not yet finished looking after our children, and we already have to look after our parents… I laughed a lot, and for that I am deeply grateful to the writer.   

Author Orly Krauss-Winer, NRG


Written with a light touch and much charm and its tempo is quick, not to say frenzied … What’s funny about this book is the audacity of the narrator to say things that others may think, but would not necessarily be prepared to say out loud … The style resembles a machine gun firing: fast and efficient … It should be a bestseller.

Alit Karp, Haaretz

 

Touches upon the struggle that most women are engaged in … Every single sentence here is witty, and you’ll burst out laughing at least once in each paragraph.

Dor Babayoff, Maariv

 

A side-splitting debut novel. The book has quickly become a refreshing surprise on the shelves and stars on three bestseller lists, an indication of how loaded its theme is.

Gaya Koren, Yedioth Ahronoth

 

Merav Halperin has written a bestseller that fits the Facebook age like a glove: Short, flowing chapters written with effortless wit … Halperin’s writing is like a fun, frank conversation with a good girlfriend.

Tal Marmelshtein, Israel Hayom

 

A book that’s fun to read, without stopping. Go for a long weekend, lie down and enjoy it.

Yafit Erez‎, Onlife

 

Funny and fast-moving Israeli chick-lit … Well written and enjoyable … You can simply lean back and be impressed by Halperin’s writing skill, chuckle at her jokes and appreciate her unique, vivid world of idioms … Fast-moving plot that stops off at the right places.     

Ran Bin-Nun, Yedioth Ahronoth

The quick-paced plot, the sharp humor, and the slaughter of the sacred cow of the subject of divorce make this a must for the handbag of every modern

women.

Noa Bercovich, Xnet 


The feeling I had while reading was that I had met the heroine and the further I got into the book the better I was getting to know her and to secretly admire her ... She has no sacred cows and she accurately depicts feelings, thoughts and questions that are not foreign to any girl … The book is indeed amusing but just a second after the quiet little chuckle, the writer manages, via the sarcasm and humor, to introduce harsher and confusing content about femininity, and that is admirable … A must for the bookshelf of every contemporary woman. 

Anna Kleinman, Kol Israel 1

Title My Husband's Not Home
Author’s Last Name Halperin
Author's First Name Merav
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2014
No. Pages 222 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ba'ali Lo Ba-Bayit
Representation Represented by ITHL
 
NEWS
Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
Details...
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Details...
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

Details...
The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
Details...
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, birkenhauer@013.net and Gadi Goldberg, gadi.goldberg@gmail.com
Details...
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

Details...
 
MHL - New webzine starting soon!