Friendly Fire: A Novel

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HMH, Nov 11, 2009 - Fiction - 400 pages
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“A fine novel of loss and hope” set in modern Israel and East Africa, from the author of A Woman in Jerusalem (TheBoston Globe).

During Hanukkah, Ya’ari, an engineer, and his wife, Daniela, are spending an unaccustomed week apart after years of marriage. While he’s kept busy juggling the day-to-day needs of his elderly father, his children, and his grandchildren, Daniela flies from Tel Aviv to East Africa to mourn the death of her older sister.
There she confronts her anguished brother-in-law, Yirmi, whose soldier son was killed six years earlier in the West Bank by “friendly fire.” Yirmi is now managing a team of African researchers digging for the bones of man’s primate ancestors—as he desperately strives to detach himself from every shred of his identity, Jewish and Israeli.
From an author who has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, this is “a haunting book . . . that will resonate for a long time in the minds of its readers” (The Washington Post Book World).
“As in each of his wisely tragicomic novels, Yehoshua orchestrates nearly absurd predicaments that serve as conduits to Israel’s confounding conflicts, which so intensely and sorrowfully encapsulate our endless struggle for peace and belonging.” —Booklist

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User Review  - kellyn - LibraryThing

Overall I really enjoyed this novel in which "nothing really happens" but everyday life. Interestingly the novel felt claustraphobic, enclosed, and intensely introspective even though much of the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - SqueakyChu - LibraryThing

It is Chanukah, and candles are lit for eight consecutive days. During this time Daniela, an English teacher in Israel, leaves her husband to visit her brother-in-law Yirmiyahu in Tanzania to more ... Read full review

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A. B. Yehoshua is the author of numerous novels, including Mr. Mani, Five Seasons, The Liberated Bride, and A Woman in Jerusalem. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and he has received many awards worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the National Jewish Book Award. Yehoshua lives in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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