a narrow bridge

By J.J. Gesher

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ISBN 978-1-938849-82-4
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PREVIEW A NARROW BRIDGE: Narrow Bridge—Chapter One

A Journey of Courage

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.

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

The book’s plot is stunningly original, offering a main character with deep complexities whose opacity seems understandable… A fast-paced, riveting read… A searingly unique and thought-provoking tale.”
Jerusalem Post

“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

“This is an enjoyable, optimistic novel about how people – despite cultural, religious and racial differences – can find comfort in each other’s common humanity.  It makes for very fine reading.”
— San Diego Jewish World