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The Book of Love and Hate


A literary international espionage novel, with some eroticism to boot, set between Israel and New York.

Forthcoming: 10/3/17

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What people are saying…

“Sanders, whose first novel, Kamikaze Lust, won a 2000 Lambda Literary Award, offers an international espionage thriller in which a failed Olympic speed skater falls for her father’s lover, a former Israeli army pilot turned corporate spy.”
Publishers Weekly

The Book of Love and Hate is a most fantastic book—cinematic, a thriller that takes on both the big, global issues of our time as well as the intimate, personal demons that undo us . . . How incredible to come upon such a brainy, expertly written bona fide page-turner. Bravo!”
—Michelle Tea, author of Black Wave

“A richly suspenseful story of addiction, love/lust, and family ties—and how all of those things can hold us captive. A spectacular return from one of my favorite writers.”
—Alison Gaylin, best-selling author of What Remains of Me

The Book of Love and Hate is a fever dream of a novel, achingly sexy and at times startlingly funny. Lauren Sanders has written a stunning, genre-defying tale of sex, longing, ghosts, and spies. Every page teems with her gleaming sentences and deliciously dark wit. The ending still haunts me.”
—J.T. Rogers, author of Oslo


Jennifer Baron is a spectacularly failed speed skater trying to stay sober a couple of decades after her Olympic downfall. She is running her father’s billion-dollar foundation—the clean side of his business—when her father mysteriously disappears, perhaps running from the FBI, perhaps six feet under. Soon Jen is invited to a conference in Tel Aviv which turns into a clandestine meeting with her father and his lover Gila Zyskun, a former Israeli army pilot turned corporate spy.

Jen immediately falls for Gila, they make love, and Jen agrees to move “information” out of Israel for her father, though she knows this can’t be legal. A few months later, when the FBI claims her father’s been blown up in a Jerusalem hotel, Jen returns to Tel Aviv, beginning a needle-in-haystack search for her father, dead or alive, and for his/her lover.

Jen’s past and present come to a head as American and Israeli law-enforcement agents close in, pressuring her to turn on Gila and/or her father, and Jen is forced to choose whether her life should be governed by love, hate, or the often more traumatic crime of indifference.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Published: 10/3/17
  • IBSN: 9781617755828
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756009


LAUREN SANDERS is the author of two novels—Kamikaze Lust, which won a Lambda Literary Award, and With or Without You . Her writing has appeared in various publications and journals including Bookforum, the American Book Review, and Time Out New York. She is a resident of the great nation of Brooklyn. The Book of Love and Hate is her latest novel.

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