The story of a lost dog, and the discovery of first love on the streets of Jerusalem are portrayed here with a gritty realism that is as fresh as it is compelling.
When awkward and painfully shy sixteen-year-old Assaf is asked to find the owner of a stray yellow lab, he begins a quest that will bring him into contact with street kids and criminals, and a talented young singer, Tamar, engaged on her own mission: to rescue a teenage drug addict.
A runaway bestseller in Israel, in the words of the Christian Science Monitor: “It’s time for Americans to fall in love with Someone to Run With.”
Someone to Run With is a curious novel, an uneasy hybrid. It succeeds best where it strives least -- its climax is, in the way of cliche, most satisfying indeed -- but it also provides food for thought. What provokes is not Grossman's portrayal of the doubtless miserable entrapment of teenagers on the streets of Israel's cities but his insistent manipulation of diverse and incompatible narrative strategies. Ultimately, this is a literary political novel, or a politico-literary novel, that engages us with the means and effects of its storytelling more intently than with its depiction of any actual world. Claire Messud