A Narrow Bridge

By J.J. Gesher

Narrow Bridge smallFebruary 2017
Paperback | $16
ISBN 978-1-938849-82-4

ebook | $9.99
ISBN 978-1-938849-83-1

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Tuesday, February 7, 7 p.m.
Chevalier’s Books
126 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles
The official Los Angeles launch party!

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Flintridge Bookstore
1010 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge
Joyce & Janet in conversation with Rachel Harper, author of This Side of Providence

Saturday, March 18, time TBD
Valley Beth Shalom
15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino
Joyce & Janet discuss and sign A Narrow Bridge


After a childhood of rebellion, Jacob Fisher has grown to find strength and comfort in his Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn—especially in the home he’s made with his wife and their young children. In one stunning moment, the life he knows ends. Jacob’s world crushes him, and he flees in anguish.

Jacob finds himself in a predominantly African American town in rural Alabama, where he meets Rosie, the single mother of a young son. Their friendship, along with the rekindling of his love of music, precipitates events that will change both their lives.

This captivating debut novel tells an inspiring story of finding courage after tragedy—and of the restorative power of human connection.

About the Authors

J.J. Gesher is the pen name for co-authors Joyce Gittlin and Janet B. Fattal. Together, Janet and Joyce have won several prestigious screenwriting awards, including the Geller Prize and the Screenwriting Award at the Austin Film Festival. Their first screenwriting collaboration was produced as a Lifetime Television movie.
JoyceJoyce Gittlin has written and directed such television shows as Wings, Frasier, and Everybody Loves Raymond and has written more than ten feature films for Disney, Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. She has an MFA from NYU.

JanetJanet B. Fattal
has a masters in Comparative Literature from UCLA and has taught literature and writing at the college level. The editor of several memoirs, Janet leads many L.A.-area book groups, including for the Skirball Cultural Center, Hadassah, and the Brandeis alumni association. The co-authors both live in Los Angeles. Learn more at jjgesher.com.

Advance Praise for A Narrow Bridge

“What happens when you lose everything? This radiant debut gets at the dark beating heart of survival, set against a backdrop of differing geography, beliefs, cultures, and races, in prose as intricate as a jazz fugue. Blazingly original and fiercely smart, A Narrow Bridge shows that who we love is really who we are.”
Caroline Leavitt, New York Times–bestselling author of Cruel Beautiful World and Pictures of You

“I couldn’t put this book down, beginning by being drawn in by one of the most compelling first lines I have ever read. This multicultural debut is about two very different people, from very diverse circumstances and backgrounds….Ultimately, this is a beautiful examination of human connection and finding a reason to live again after all hope is gone.”
Terry Gilman, owner of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in San Diego and a prominent book-event manager

“A Narrow Bridge is a moving story about the intersection between love and loss and an unsentimental exploration of the role of faith in healing. I held my breath until the very last word of this cinematic, compassionate, and compelling debut.”
Michelle Brafman, author of Bertrand Court and Washing the Dead

“A gripping, heartbreaking, ultimately uplifting story of two broken people and the healing power of love. Beautifully drawn, the writing keeps you riveted page after fast-turning page.”
Jeffrey Richman, six-time Emmy-winning executive producer of Modern Family and Frasier

“A beautifully written, imaginative, and poignant testimony to the power of love and the limits of faith.”
Steven Z. Leder, senior rabbi at Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles and author of The Extraordinary Nature of Ordinary Things

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