Emma McEvoy The Inbetween People

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The Inbetween People

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''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.

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About the Author:

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.

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The fate of the “inbetween people” is to forever cling to what they’ve lost. Irish writer McEvoy’s debut follows the ripples of loss in the lives of Avi Goldberg and his friend Saleem through 2001. While Goldberg is imprisoned for refusing to perform his military service, he writes of Saleem, whom he met on a beach. The relationship between the Israeli and the Arab soldiers represents a bond between different worlds similar to that in The Kite Runner (2003). We learn of the men’s lives largely through others—Avi writing of Saleem and Avi’s father writing about him in (slightly forced and expositional) letters to Avi’s mother—thus reinforcing the sense of distance between the two cultures. 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. --Bridget Thoreson

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