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.