Emuna Elon If You Awaken Love

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If You Awaken Love

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What did I ask of you Iri - and why did you leave me? Shlomtzion has been haunted by this question for twenty-one years, ever since her beloved fiance Yair broke their engagement - and her heart. Fleeing her home in Jerusalem, and renouncing the deeply religious world they had so passionately shared, she recreated herself as an interior designer in secular Tel Aviv. Now, Shlomtzion is a single mother distraught because her daughter wants to enter the world she herself cast off. When Maya tells her mother she is engaged, she has no idea of the trauma she is unleashing. Her fiance is none other than Yair's son. On a fateful weekend when national tensions come to a head, Shlomtzion finds herself on the road to the settlement where Yair lives, not only to plan her daughter's wedding, but to confront, for the first time, her former love, the life she never had, and ultimately, herself.

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Emuna Elon was born in Jerusalem in 1955. She is currently teaching and writing. She has published one novel, seven children's books and many short stories. She has lived in the settlement of Beit-El since 1982, and has six children.

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A Tel Aviv interior designer specializing in closed rooms and clients' privacy, 40-year-old Shlomtzion Drore closed herself off emotionally after her childhood sweetheart, Yair, broke off their engagement when his rabbi refused them his blessing. A rebound marriage, pregnancy and divorce quickly followed, as did an abandonment of the religious nationalism at the center of her relationship with Yair. Now it's the eve of Rabin's assassination in 1995, and Shlomtzion is a secular leftist who supports the Oslo peace accords and the dismantling of the controversial West Bank settlements. But when her daughter, Maya, undergoes a religious awakening and becomes engaged to Yair's son, Shlomtzion is forced to confront her old flame at his West Bank settlement home, and her pentup venom threatens to poison their children's happiness. West Bank resident Elon limns a vivid and dignified portrait of the Israeli religious minority, although at times her characters spout political rhetoric and Shlomtzion's overwritten obsession with Yair and their children's coincidental romance fails to suspend disbelief. (May)
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