Mordantly funny and deeply moving, this award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as abrillianta (The New York Times Book Review) and aThe Great Israeli Novel [in which] Gavron stakes his claim to be Israelas Jonathan Franzena (Tablet). On a rocky hilltop stands Maaaleh Hermesh C, a fledgling outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. According to government records it doesnat exist; according to the military it must be defended. On this contested land, Othniel Assisaunder the wary gaze of the Palestinians in the neighboring villagealives on his farm with his ever-expanding family. As Othniel cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive, and a hodge-podge of shipping containers and mobile homes takes root. One steadfast resident is Gabi Kupper, a former kibbutz dweller who savors the delicate routines of life on the settlement. When Gabias prodigal brother, Roni, arrives penniless on his doorstep with a bizarre plan to sell the aartisanala olive oil from the Palestinian village to Tel Aviv yuppies, Gabi worries his life wonat stay quiet for long. Then a nosy American journalist stumbles into Maaaleh Hermesh C, and Gabias worst fears are confirmed. The settlement becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal, facing its greatest threat yet. This aindispensable novela (The Wall Street Journal) skewers the complex, often absurd reality of life in Israel. Grappling with one of the most charged geo-political issues of our time, aGavronas story gains a foothold in our hearts and minds and stubbornly refuses to leavea (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).someone had given him iPod earphones and said, aListen. ... Thisplace, after all, also had the strumming of guitarsand nice melodies, but when the sounds diffused from thewhite earphones into his brain ... aAh, ita#39;s you, a Shaulit said in a broken voice. ... The generator died and they werena#39;t able to fix it, ita#39;ll be like this all night.
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