A Wall of Light (P.S.) by Edeet Ravel

By Edeet Ravel

A strong and unforgettable tale of secrets and techniques, relatives, love, and future set opposed to the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian clash. Following at the heels of the seriously acclaimed 10000 fans (finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award) and search for Me, A Wall of sunshine tells the tale of 3 generations of a Tel Aviv family members. Meet Anna, whose passionate letters to a lover she left at the back of in Russia describe the reviews of Israel's postwar immigrants; her grandson, Noah, who in his diary files his doubtful sexual identification and his idealism within the face of the demanding political weather; and eventually, Anna's daughter, Sonya, who takes us via one momentous day in August, an afternoon on which she "kissed a pupil, pursued a lover, came upon her father, and left her brother."

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No one had to talk about sex because everyone was doing it. I wondered what I would tell him when the course was over. My drowsiness, which had vanished in the excitement of our ex­ change, returned with greater force than before. I suddenly wanted nothing more than to flop down on my bed and go to sleep. I said, smiling, “Take care of yourself,” and left Matar alone in the class­ room, looking at me with his intense and terrible eyes. eNoah’s diary, July 4, 1984. In the news: nothing interesting.

If I were his mother, I would feel I’d lost him, and I’d grieve. I told Ma’ayan she could go. ” Matar remained in his seat, looking at me and waiting patiently for his assignment. He always sat near the window, three seats from my desk. ” He grinned, picked up a green marker, and drew a happy face next to my question. ” He wrote: “b. 1979. Dad: engineer. Two sisters, 14, 16. One brother, 9. 1983–1997: nursery, kindergarten, grade school, high school. 1997–2003, army. 2003–present: university. ” He looked at me for a few seconds, weighing his answer.

But sometimes I just don’t feel like doing it and she adores anything to do with school, so I let her. Despite her brains, she’s very immature. She still sucks her thumb and has trouble falling asleep if Gran or someone else (when Gran comes home too late) doesn’t sing her a lullaby or tell her a bedtime 34 edeet ravel story. She follows me everywhere and whines if I don’t take her with me when I go places. She makes soup out of her ice cream and then drinks it from the bowl, holding it up and pouring it down into her mouth—obviously it’s a mess and I can’t even watch.

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