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You Are Not What We Expected

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This stunningly intimate collection of stories is an exquisite portrait of a Jewish community — the secular and religious families who inhabit it and the tensions that exist there — that illuminates the unexpected ways we remain connected during times of change.

When Uncle Isaac moves back from L.A. to help his sister, Elaine Levine, care for her suddenly motherless grandchildren, he finds himself embroiled in even more drama than he would like in their suburban neighbourhood. Meanwhile, a nanny miles from her own family in the Philippines, cares for a young boy who doesn’t fit in at school. A woman in mid-life contends with the task of cleaning out the house in which she grew up, while her teenage son struggles with why his dad moved out. And down the street, a mother and her two daughters prepare for a wedding and transitions they didn’t see coming.

Spanning fifteen years in the lives of a multi-generational family and their neighbours, this remarkable collection is an intimate portrait of a suburban Jewish community by a writer with a keen eye for detail, a gentle sense of humour, and an immense literary talent.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"A gorgeous, highly visceral, deeply felt collection of linked stories about how families work — and don’t work — together. The Levine family is unforgettable." - Jami Attenberg

"Every single character is deeply rendered, every experience detailed beautifully, every story crafted with lucidity and poise. With tenderness, humour, sharp intelligence, and a vibrant grasp of family and community, Ludwig peels back the tensions of the Jewish experience. The Levine family and Ludwig’s incandescent writing will stay with readers for a very long time." - Jennifer Manuel

"Surprising, engrossing, and heartbreaking." - Sarah Selecky

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May 2020 : Canada Paperback

Title: You Are Not What We Expected
Author(s): Sidura Ludwig
ISBN: 1-4870-0734-5 / 978-1-4870-0734-8 (Canada edition)
Publisher: House of Anansi Press
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May 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: You Are Not What We Expected
Author(s): Sidura Ludwig
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