From Goodreads: “Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family.”
I really struggled with this one. I love historical fiction, but I had two big problems with this novel. First, the writing could have been better. The author jumps around to different times and switches narrators making it difficult to follow. Second, I really struggled feeling sympathetic for the characters. At times I did – like when the girls are hiding in a dug out hole inside their house, during an air raid. But most of the time I couldn’t get past the author’s bias. It came across so strongly, you couldn’t help but feel the novel was one giant propaganda piece. We get enough of that in the news today – I don’t want or need it in books I’m reading for pleasure.
2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2010
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