From the author of NotMe, this powerful novel of an Israeli father and daughter brings to life arich canvas of events and unexpected change in the aftermath of a suicidebombing.
In the captivating opening of this novel, the celebratedRussian-born modern architect Roman Guttman is injured in a bus bombing; hislife and perceptions become heightened and disturbed, leading him on anill-advised journey into the desert and Palestinian territory. Roman’s odyssey alternates with the vivacious, bittersweetdiary of his thirteen-year-old daughter Anyusha—on her own perilous path, ofwhich Roman is ignorant—and the startlingly alive observations of Amir, theyoung Palestinian who pushed the button and is now damned to watch the havoc hehas wrought from a shaky beyond. Enriched also by flashbacks to the alluring,sad tale of Anyusha’s mother, a Russian refusenik who died for her beliefs,this novel becomes a poignant study of the costs of extremism, but it is mostsatisfying as a story of characters enmeshed in their imperfect love for oneanother and for the heartbreakingly complex world in which all such love iswrought.
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