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As the Lonely Fly
Author: Sara Dowse RRP A$9.99
Publisher: For Pity Sake Publishing Pub Date: 2017-09-01
BIC Category: Historical fiction ISBN: 9780994448583
BISAC Category1: FICTION / Cultural Heritage
BISAC Category2: FICTION / Contemporary Women


As the Lonely Fly is a profoundly moving novel from one of Australia's most gifted storytellers. Shining a light on the dispersal of peoples and the intertwined fates of Jews and Palestinians, it is a story with deep contemporary resonance.
Three remarkable women - an American immigrant, an ardent Israeli and a fearless revolutionary - lend three very different perspectives on the creation of Israel and its impact on Palestinians.
In 1967, the American actor Marion Arkin visits her niece Zipporah, three months after the Six Day War in which Israel seized the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the West Bank from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. Marion has never visited Israel before, but she has ties there that are neither easy to break nor which she fully comprehends.
Years before, when Marion migrated to America, her older sister Clara left for British Palestine. Reborn as Chava, the Hebrew word for life, she joins a group of pioneer Zionists. But Chava is soon uneasy about Jews taking work from Arabs and usurping their land. With her closest comrades, she finds herself at odds with Zionism, imprisoned for supporting the Arab riots and deported back to Russia.
Unlike Clara, Zipporah remains a devoted Zionist. She has smuggled in refugees from Europe and seen Israel become a nation. Proud of that struggle, she shows Marion all that she can of the victorious new country. But the memory of Clara, who may be still alive somewhere, hovers between them, leaving Marion to reconsider her uncritical allegiance to the Jewish state.

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