2016 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Finalist

2016 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction finalist Matti Friedman (Jerusalem) for Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier’s Story, Signal/McClelland & Stewart
Matti Friedman
Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier's Story 
Signal/McClelland & Stewart
 

Matti Friedman (Jerusalem) for Pumpkinflowers: An Israeli Soldier’s Story, Signal/McClelland & Stewart



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In Pumpkinflowers, Matti Friedman offers a heart-wrenching account of a hilltop in Southern Lebanon where young men fought a new breed of guerilla warfare in the 1990s.


Friedman, who moved to Israel after growing up in Toronto, was among them, but his unflinching memoir covers ground far beyond the tiny outpost that was Pumpkin. As he assesses the loss of so much human potential with every generation, he renders here a haunting meditation on the very rationale of war. Tragic, graceful, and as provocative as it is poetic, Pumpkinflowers is a brilliant achievement."

- 2016 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction jury Carolyn Abraham, Stephen Kimber, and Emily Urquhart.

About the Book

It was small hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the late 1990s, but it would send out ripples that continue to emanate worldwide today. The hill was called the Pumpkin; flowers was the military code word for "casualties." Friedman's visceral narrative recreates harrowing wartime experiences in a work that is part frontlines memoir, part journalistic reporting, part military history. 

About the Author

Matti Friedman’s first book, The Aleppo Codex, won the Sami Rohr Prize, the American Library Association’s Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award. Friedman’s reporting has taken him from Israel to Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, and the Caucasus, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post. He was born in Toronto and lives in Jerusalem. 

 


  
 
 

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