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"Reminiscent of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but Jewish, and backwards ... Family secrets bubble to the surface in this deeply felt comedy."
"Matalon is a unique literary stylist whose pitch-perfect novel focuses on the spectacle of the big day ... Matalon nails how families relate to each other. Her scenes are cinematic and evocative ... A masterful rendering of a failed wedding day and the embedded failures that individuals, a family, and a culture accrue in the process of trying to manage their circumstances. As complex and chaotic as life."
--Foreword Reviews (Starred Review)
"Ronit Matalon was a giant of Israeli literature: not of the bombast of grand political statements, but rather a master of the private, the intimate, the ambivalent, the human. And the Bride Closed the Door invites us into a single revealing moment in a family's life, and we are right there in the room with them--or rather, right outside the door. It's funny, moving and deeply real."
--Dara Horn, author of Eternal Life
"Refreshingly audacious and stirringly sophisticated, And the Bride Closed the Door presents the reader with a sharp-edged piece of social and feminist critique, hidden by a veil of wit and humor. Jessica Cohen's masterful translation further enhances the rare and intricate voice of Ronit Matalon, one of Israel's leading female authors, whose sudden passing shocked and saddened lovers of Hebrew literature worldwide."
--Ruby Namdar, author of The Ruined House
"A triumph, at once humorous and profound, richly imagined and deliciously grotesque ... This book is a marvel, a stunning display of Matalon's virtuosity and an aching reminder of the tremendous void she left behind."
--Ayelet Tsabari, author of The Art of Leaving
"With seductive wit and light pathos, this brilliant novel makes the reader privy to the inner thoughts of a comically messy family. From there, bigger truths about personal life and the wider culture are exposed and explored."
--Bethany Ball, author of What to Do About the Solomons
"Brim-ming with wise and com-pas-sion-ate com-men-tary on a pletho-ra of con-cerns: cul-tur-al-ly-imposed gen-der roles, the role of pub-lic and pri-vate mem-o-ry, and the dys-func-tions that dri-ve fam-i-lies apart ... And the Bride Closed the Door offers its read-ers all the more rea-son to mourn the loss of Matalon's bold, uncom-pro-mis-ing voice."
--Jewish Book Council
"A fable of the Israeli condition ... Matalon is one of today's best Israeli authors, one of the original, intriguing and unique voices now active here. Her writing--the themes, the characters, the way they are shaped--is distinct and unique."
--The Jerusalem Post
"A remarkable book. The deep inner structures of Israeli society, the existential tensions of being Israeli, and questions pertaining to the definition of individual identity are dealt with brilliantly and light-handedly."
--The Brenner Prize Committee, 2017
"It remains unclear whether this novel is an allegory of hopelessness or a feminist manifesto. The narrative allows for many interpretations and perhaps most importantly it's a comedy."
--Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"Ronit Matalon, a major figure in Israeli literature who died in 2017, exposes the contradictions of her country."