I love this book for what it begins. Rabinyan tells the story of two young people, from opposing sides of a conflict, falling in love in an in-between state. A young Arab man and an young Israeli woman, both temporarily in New York for professional and artistic reasons, cannot ignore the pull they have towards one another. And they cannot ignore the fact that they have no future together.
There is some really chewy beginning of an exploration of their deeply held beliefs and different understandings of current events, but it doesn’t last. A big chunk of the book is just the two of them having irritating lovers’ spats, so annoying to this reader that I just wanted them to break up already. And the ending Rabinyan gave them handily kept them from having to figure out an adult resolution.
Lately, I seem to be picking up novels that center on difficult themes and fill in the crevices of my ignorance. Many are translated into English from a variety of other languages. I’m grateful to writers and translators for helping me widen my world and my vision.