Your Mouth Is Lovely (Hardcover)

A Novel

By Nancy Richler

Ecco, 9780060096779, 368pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 2002

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Paperback (10/7/2003)

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"Each winter I'm sure will be my last. Dust to dust,I find myself saying as my frozen fingers struggle tohold the pen with which I write these words to you, Ashes toashes, I mutter, and nothing but suffering and joyin between. I've had my share. Hot and sharp -- I taste itstill in the blood that fills my mouth when I cough."

Miriam is a nineteen-year-old imprisoned in Siberia following the Russian Revolution of 1905. Reaching out to the young daughter whom she gave up at birth, Miriam weaves a haunting tale of life in a small Jewish village during the last days of imperial Russia and of a community caught between the rich yet rigid traditions of the past and the frightening, unfamiliar ways of a society desperately trying to reinvent itself.

Rejected by her suicidal mother and abandoned by her father at birth, Miriam is marked as an outcast in her village from the beginning. Reunited with her father when he marries Tsila, a haughty and complex woman whose beauty has been marred by the hand of divine anger, Miriam searches to unveil the secrets of her birth in a place of mystery and superstition, where everyone seems to know the truth that eludes her.

Your Mouth Is Lovely moves seamlessly from picturesque but impoverished villages, where fife is ruled by the iron hand of God and the equally powerful grip of Fate, to the slums of teeming Kiev, where a seething anger is about to change the course of Russian history. A story of epic human drama, Your Mouth Is Lovely is a poetic, dreamy novel with a darkly magical sheen.

About the Author

NANCY RICHLER’s short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, including Room of One’s Own, the New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Another Chicago Magazine and the Journey Prize Stories anthology. Her first novel, Throwaway Angels, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s Adei-Wizo literary prize. The book has been translated into seven languages. The Imposter Bride was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler lived for many years in Vancouver. She passed away in January 2018.

Praise For Your Mouth Is Lovely: A Novel

“Your Mouth Is Lovely is a true achievement – astonishing … thoroughly absorbing … these are characters to relish.”
— Vancouver Sun

“A rich portrait of the lives of Russian Jewish women … consistently fresh and dynamic … a delight to read”
— Quill & Quire