The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the heart of the Middle East

Book, 2006, 384 pp
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The tale of a simple act of faith between two young people - one Israeli, one Palestinian - that symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East. In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian twenty-five-year-old, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next thirty-five years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Based on extensive research, and springing from his enormously resonant documentary that aired on NPR's Fresh Air in 1998, Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and reconciliation.

"No novel could be more compelling…This book… will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year."-Christian Science Monitor

"A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland."-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "

TypePrint
GenreBiography/Autobiography
ExpressionNarrative/Novel/Story
TopicPalestine and Israel
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury
ISBN9781596913431

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