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The Inbetween People | [Emma McEvoy]

The Inbetween People

As Avi Goldberg, the son of a Jewish pioneer, sits in a military prison in the Negev desert, he fills his nights writing about his friend Saleem, an Israeli Arab, and Saleem’s family, whose loss of their ancestral home in 1948 cast a shadow over their lives. Avi and Saleem believe the past can be buried, reduced to nothing. But then September 2000 comes and war breaks out - endless, unforgiving, filled with loss. As the Intifada rips their peoples apart, they learn that war devours everything....
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Publisher's Summary

“I am writing this for you Saleem. I am writing about us, about how I loved you, and how I killed you.”

As Avi Goldberg, the son of a Jewish pioneer, sits at a desk in a dark cell of a military prison in the Negev desert, he fills the long nights writing about his friend Saleem, an Israeli Arab he befriended on a beach one scorching day in July, and the story of Saleem’s family, whose loss of their ancestral home in 1948 cast a long shadow over their lives. Avi and Saleem understand about the past: they believe it can be buried, reduced to nothing. But then September 2000 comes and war breaks out - endless, unforgiving, and filled with loss. As the Intifada rips their peoples apart, they learn that war devours everything - even seemingly insignificant, utterly mundane things - and that sometimes, if you do not speak of these things, they are lost to you forever.

Set among the white chalk mountains of Galilee and the hostile terrain of the Negev desert, The Inbetween People is a story of longing that deals with hatred, forgiveness, and the search for redemption.

Emma McEvoy, born in the town of Dalkey in County Dublin in 1973, read history and politics at University College Dublin. She later settled in Israel, where she lived on a kibbutz on the border between Israel and Lebanon. She now lives in West Cork with her husband and son and works as a project manager for Cisco Systems.

©2013 Emma McEvoy (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc

What the Critics Say

“Sparingly told and sharply drawn, the story brings forward the desert itself as a kind of character, its smells and storms defining the atmosphere. The novel tackles the complex theme of what the war over the fate of Israel has meant for its inhabitants in moving and highly personal terms. A poetic and painful examination of the legacy of loss in a land with a long history of it.” (Booklist)

“A first novel that examines personal grief and political grievances in contemporary Israel…An impressive debut.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Emma McEvoy brings a vibrant and original new voice to Irish writing. Turning away from traditional and well trodden literary landscapes, she finds both a narrative and a setting that sparkle with fresh imagination.” (David Park, author of The Truth Commissioner)

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