The People of Forever Are Not Afraid (Hardback)
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Short Description for The People of Forever Are Not Afraid Boianjiu's riveting debut is a revelation--the story of three girls who grow up in a small Israeli village and join the Israeli Defense Forces at 18, where they experience a typical coming of age at the same time as preparing for the ever-present threat of war.
- Published: 11 September 2012
- Format: Hardback 338 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307955951 ISBN 10: 0307955958
- Sales rank: 79,121
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A "searing debut" about three young women coming of age, experiencing "the absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence" ("Vogue") Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts. In a relentlessly energetic and arresting voice marked by humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu, winner of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35," creates an unforgettably intense world, capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.