Evening (Hardcover)

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Evening is the story of compassion for our own failings and those we love. Eve returns to sit shiva for her sister, Tam, in their childhood home of Toronto—a place that Eve escaped from as soon as she was able, in contrast to Tam, who seemed to flourish as a hometown celebrity. While Eve loved her sister deeply, she was conflicted about Tam’s choices and how her own life stood in contrast. Now with her foil gone, Eve is struggling and must find acceptance for the adults she and her sister grew to be. Rapoport’s deft hand and lyrical prose bring to life this beautiful examination of grief and love.

— From Elaine and Luisa's Picks: Fall 2020


Two sisters, lost youth, and youthful obsessions; organized by day as the family sits shiva, Evening unfolds the paradoxes of love, ambition, siblings, and the way the past continues to inflect the present, sometimes against our will.

In her thirties, Eve is summoned home by her distraught family to mourn the premature death of her sister, Tam, a return that becomes an unexpected encounter with the past. Eve bears the burden of a secret: Two weeks before Tam died, Eve and Tam argued so vehemently that they did not speak again. Her sister was famous, acclaimed for her career as a TV journalist and her devoted marriage. But Tam, too, had a secret, revealed the day after the funeral, one that inverts the story Eve has told herself since their childhood. In the aftermath, Eve is forced to revise her version of her fractured family, her sister's accomplishments and vaunted marriage, and her own impeded ambition in work and love.

Day by day as the family sits shiva, the stories unfold, illuminating the past​ to shape the present. Evening explores the dissonant love between sisters, the body in longing, the pride we take in sustaining our illusions, and the redemption that is possible only when they are dispelled.

About the Author

NESSA RAPOPORT was born in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of a novel, Preparing for Sabbath, and a collection of prose poems, A Woman's Book of Grieving. Her memoir, House on the River, was awarded a grant by the Canada Council for the Arts. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She lives in New York with her husband, artist Tobi Kahn.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781640094086
ISBN-10: 1640094083
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 256
Language: English