By Tammar Stein
Laurel Leaf Library, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780440239024, 263pp.
Publication Date: June 10, 2008
Maya leaves Israel to study astronomy at the University of Virginia, running from the violence, guilt, and memories of her past. As the narrative switches between Virginia and Israel, we learn about Maya's life as a soldier, her ambiguous devotion to Israel, and her love for her boyfriend, Dov, who is tragically killed in a suicide bombing. Now, in Virginia, amid the day-to-day pressures of classes, roommates, and fraternity parties, Maya attempts to reconcile her Israeli past with her American future.
"From the Hardcover edition.
“THIS WELL-PACED FIRST novel, a moving study of grief and recovery, is also a love story that should appeal particularly to students interested in other ways of seeing the world and looking forward to their own college lives.”—School Library Journal
“Stein’s sensitive treatment of intense subject matter and her compassionate depiction of a scarred survivor make this book a moving and insightful novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“Stein’s work provides insight that builds compassion and leaves readers with a message of hope and healing.”—KLIATT