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Review of LIGHT YEARS by Tammar Stein

by Becky Laney

Stein, Tammar. 2005. LIGHT YEARS. New York: Knopf. ISBN 0375830235.

Maya Laor is the narrator of LIGHT YEARS a novel dually set in Virginia and Israel. In alternating chapters, Maya reveals her past and shares her present experiences as a college student at an American university, the University of Virginia.

Maya’s past is haunting her. Growing up in Israel, Maya was fully aware of the dangers that the Palestini/Israeli conflict presents. After all, she is fulfilling her years as an Israeli soldier. But through it all, Maya never truly thought that terrorism would effect her quite so closely. Her boyfriend, Dov, is killed at a restaurant by a Palestinian suicide bomber ( along with six others).

LIGHT YEARS shares how Maya is able to blend her haunting past with a hope-filled future as she tries to figure out just where she belongs.

Also recommended is REAL TIME (2004) by Pnina Moed Kass and the nonfiction book UNDERSTANDING THE HOLY LAND: ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT (2005) by Mitch Frank.

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