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To the End of the Land
 
 
Author
David Grossman.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780307476401
Pages/Publication Date 651/2011
Daedalus Item Code 29030
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(National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist; New York Times Notable Book) Just before his release from service in the Israeli army, Ora's son Ofer is sent back to the front for a major offensive in this powerful novel by David Grossman, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a Best Book of the Year for the Economist, the Washington Post, and The New Yorker. In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, so that no bad news can reach her, Ora sets out on an epic hike in the wilds of Galilee. She is joined by an unlikely companion—Avram, a former friend and lover with a troubled past—and as they sleep out in the hills, Ora begins to conjure her son in words. Ofer's story, as told by Ora, becomes a surprising balm both for her and for Avram, and is a profound meditation on war and family.

"Grossman's greatest fictional creation [is] Ora: tender, passionate, angry, funny, self-doubting, intuitive, above all a woman of 'abundance.'... [Her story] encompasses both the complex fullness of one life and the broader history of Israel's modern conflicts.... This most Israeli of Grossman's novels is also his most universal."—The New Yorker

"Joined by her estranged best friend and former lover Avram, a recluse who never recovered from the brutality he experienced as a POW during the Yom Kippur War, [Ora] narrates the story of her doomed marriage to Ilan and her often arduous journey as a mother. As the tension mounts, she talks compulsively about Ofer, as if telling his story will protect him and keep him alive for both herself and for Avram, the biological father he has never met. As Ora and Avram travel back and forth through time via shared memories, the toll exacted by living in a land and among a people constantly at war is excruciatingly evident. Grossman, whose own son was killed during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, writes directly from the heart in this scorching antiwar novel."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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