What would you do if you were faced with a task that went completely against the values on which you were raised? What would you do if refusal to carry it out would doom your professional career, but doing it might distance your wife, and could even tear your family away from you? And what would you do if your husband was drawn into a swirling action that went completely against your humanitarian spirit? If his activities and life style differed so markedly from the values you wish to endow to your children?
This contemporary novel follows the unfolding events leading to the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, and their impact on the life of one typical Israeli family. Although this withdrawal is geographically far from them, it penetrates the deepest cracks in the walls of their home. Constantly flowing from the personal into the national it depicts the acute pain that disengagements entail, and the agony that ensues when something whole is unraveled. The national turmoil serves as a backdrop to the gradual crumbling of the Am-Shalom family, and to the reconstruction efforts aimed at bringing new hope and meanings.
I really enjoyed reading this book. There were parts that were really sad and made my heart hurt. This is the type of story that you can actually relate with. As I was reading along it actually seemed like I was there in a few places. Some of us can relate more than others since we have the same obstacles in our life. As you read through this story, you hear the perspective of each member of the family...you experience the roller coaster that they are on, and you find yourself feeling all of their emotions. This is just a really great book, and one I highly recommend!
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