The Knife Sharpener's Bell

The Knife Sharpener's Bell

Rhea Tregebov


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Winner of the J.I. Segal 2010 Awards, Prize in English Fiction and Poetry on a Jewish Theme

Shortlisted for the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Fiction

Annette Gershon and her family try to escape the economic chaos of the Great Depression in 1930s Winnipeg by returning "home" to the Soviet Union. But there they find themselves on a runaway train of tumultuous events as Stalinist Russia plunges into the horrors of World War II. This story of remarkable breadth and extraordinary prose is the seldom-told tale of those who undertook that odyssey, of loyalty and betrayal, heroism and fear.


Rhea Tregebov:
Rhea Tregebov's first novel, The Knife Sharpener's Bell, won the J.I. Segal Award for fiction, was shortlisted for the Kobzar Award, and was listed in the Globe and Mail's top 100 books. An award-winning poet, Tregebov has also edited numerous anthologies. Born in Saskatoon and raised in Winnipeg, she worked for many years as a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, and from 2004 to 2017 was a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. Now an Associate Professor Emerita at UBC, Tregebov continues to live and write in Vancouver.