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Every House Needs a Balcony

(2010)
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Hailed as the "Israeli Kite Runner" (The Bookseller), this international bestseller and publishing phenomenon is the bittersweet story of one family, one home, and the surprising arc of one woman's life, from the poverty of her youth to the glowing love and painful losses of her adult years.

Braiding together past and present, Every House Needs a Balcony tells the story of a young Jewish girl - a child of Romanian immigrants - who lives with her family in the poverty-stricken heart of 1950s Haifa, Israel. Eight-year-old Rina, her older sister, and their parents inhabit a cramped apartment with a narrow balcony that becomes an intimate shared stage on which the joys and dramas of the building's daily life are played out. It is also a vantage point from which Rina witnesses the emergence of a strange new country, born from the ashes of World War II. Later, after years of living abroad with her wealthy Spanish husband in Barcelona, Rina, longing for the simple life she has missed, returns to the Haifa of her boisterous youth, a move that soothes her soul but ultimately endangers her marriage.

Beautifully told, rich with questions of identity, love, and survival, Every House Needs a Balcony is an unforgettable social and historical portrait of a neighborhood and a nation. Steeped in the colors and smells, laughter and tears, of Rina Frank's own childhood memories, it is a heartbreaking tale about the deepest meanings of home.

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Hardback Editions

July 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: Every Home Needs A Balcony
Author(s): Rina Frank
ISBN: 0-00-735366-9 / 978-0-00-735366-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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June 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Every House Needs a Balcony: A Novel
Author(s): Rina Frank
ISBN: 0-06-171423-2 / 978-0-06-171423-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Every House Needs a Balcony: A Novel
Author(s): Rina Frank
ISBN: 0-06-171424-0 / 978-0-06-171424-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: Every Home Needs A Balcony
Author(s): Rina Frank
ISBN: 0-00-735367-7 / 978-0-00-735367-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

August 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Every Home Needs A Balcony
Author(s): Rina Frank
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Every House Needs a Balcony: A Novel
Author(s): Rina Frank
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA