When Avi Goldberg, the son of a Jewish pioneer, sits at a desk in a dark cell in 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 July Day, 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 their 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. And in the midst of the Intifada, which rips apart their people, they both learn that war devours everything, that even seemingly insignificant, utterly mundane things get lost in war; and that, sometimes, if you do not speak of these things, they are lost forever.
Set amongst the white chalk Galilee mountains and the hostile desert terrain of the Negev, The Inbetween People is a story of longing that deals with hatred, forgiveness, and the search for redemption.
"An impressive debut." - Kirkus
"Poetic prose, innovative narrative technique, and a story constantly subverting expectations and challenging assumptions about the politics of those who live at the center of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict..." - NY Journal of Books
"The writing is rich and nuanced." - Foreword Magazine
"A poetic and painful examination of the legacy of loss in a land with a long history of it." - Booklist
"...a stunning novel...Exquisite prose haunts you and urges you think about the characters, the landscape, the country, its people and its troubled history" - Entertainment Realm