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

By Edeet Ravel

A robust and unforgettable tale of secrets and techniques, kinfolk, love, and future set opposed to the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian clash. Following at the heels of the significantly 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 in the back of in Russia describe the studies of Israel's postwar immigrants; her grandson, Noah, who in his diary records his doubtful sexual id and his idealism within the face of the annoying 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 across her father, and left her brother."

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The washrooms were filled with graffiti about him: Eli will do it for free or, more al­ lusively, Eli’s coming and he thinks you are too. At the gay and lesbian fair there were buttons for sale that said, I didn’t do it with Eli; the money went to the AIDS Help Fund. I bought one just for the hell of it, but I never wore it, of course, though I could have. There were many rumors about Eli; no one knew which were A Wall of Light 49 true. Ma’ayan, who had told me various Eli stories over the years, admitted that most couldn’t be verified.

I was so hungry for some live music! The players were very professional and enthusiastic and the first violin­ ist was excellent. I enjoyed every minute and was only sorry that it ended so soon. It’s so good to leave all one’s problems behind for a small stretch of time and be transported to another world. I thought of you from start to finish and imagined that it was you sitting next to me and not a tiny Polish woman with blue-framed glasses. My battle with the cockroaches never ends! Remember how we fought the bedbugs?

In the snow, and you both fell. Olga was there, it was terrible. If only I had a word from you! I am very homesick. I just came home from rehearsal, which fol­ lowed a long day at the restaurant, and I felt so miserable I poured myself a drink and got straight into bed. Kostya makes his own meals now; he’s so resourceful. He’s borrowed a cookbook from Carmela, who also invited him over a few times to show him how to make kugel and vegetable stew and all sorts of inexpensive dishes. Oh, I don’t know what I’m writing, I’m in such a swirl at the moment.

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