A Novel

Paperback - 2014
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It's 1994 and Adam, a drug addict from New York City, arrives at a kibbutz in Israel with a medieval sapphire brooch. To make up for a past crime, he needs to get the priceless heirloom to a woman his grandfather loved when he was a Holocaust refugee on the kibbutz fifty years earlier. There Adam joins other troubled people trying to turn their lives around: Ulya, the ambitious and beautiful Soviet emigre ; Farid, the lovelorn Palestinian farmhand ; Claudette, the French Canadian Catholic with OCD ; Ofir, the Israeli teenager wounded in a bus bombing ; and Ziva, the old Zionist Socialist firebrand who founded the kibbutz. By the end of that summer, through their charged relationships with one another, they each get their last chance at redemption.
Published: Bedford, New York :, Fig Tree Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781941493069
Branch Call Number: F HOP
Characteristics: 371 pages ;,23 cm
Alternative Title: Safe keeping


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Oct 18, 2015

Well written first novel. The narrations slips seamlessly between the present and the past, bringing together very flawed characters in search for their next steps in life, and affecting each other. Ziva, the octogenarian, starts as the most unsympathetic one, but, as her life puzzle unfolds, she becomes the most interesting one, with her choice of idealism over love. The center of the story is the brooch, which is not obvious until the end, so the introduction and the conclusion do not quite come together. The book is still worth reading; it's memorable especially in the education about a kibbutz in the 1994.


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