The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
A “searing debut” about three young women coming of age, experiencing “the absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence” (Vogue) Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each... show more
A “searing debut” about three young women coming of age, experiencing “the absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence” (Vogue) Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts. In a relentlessly energetic and arresting voice marked by humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu, winner of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” creates an unforgettably intense world, capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.
Publish date: September 18th 2012
Pages no: 338
Edition language: English
Hauptfiguren sind Yael, Lea und Avishag. Der umgangssprachliche Stil zu Beginn ging mir leider all zu bald auf den Keks, die Autorin wechselt mehrmals sowohl die Erzähl- also auch die Erzählerperspektive. Brauchte eine gute Zeit, fast die Hälfte des Buches, um den Durchblick zu bekommen. Das Ganze...
I went into this book with high expectations, hoping to get caught up in a story of a young girl experiencing the mandatory two years of military service required of both men and women in Israel. Prior to reading the synopsis I didn't even know that went on. I do not know much about life in modern-d...
2.5 starsI was excited to get a copy of this book from the BEA selection on NetGalley. I don’t usually read this genre of books, but I had a personal interest in the subject matter. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid is the story of three childhood friends from a small village in the north of Isra...