Torn between worlds

An Israeli-American’s debut novel explores the nuances and complexities of a conflicted teenager in Israel.

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
February 14, 2018 23:19
THREE ISRAELI teenagers forge a special bond, but a looming draft date dares to tear them apart

THREE ISRAELI teenagers forge a special bond, but a looming draft date dares to tear them apart. (photo credit: REUTERS/SUHAIB SALEM)

Moriel Rothman-Zecher’s first novel, Sadness is a White Bird, is an amazingly engaging peek at that magical time during late adolescence when friendships can suddenly blossom into unexpectedly intense intimacies and surprising revelations.

Jonathan, a sweet, melancholy Jewish kid just finishing high school, accidentally meets two friends – Laith and Nimreen, who are twins – and his life is turned upside down.

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