In 1945, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees settle in Palestine but are hunted as illegals by the British authorities. They rely on the underground Independent Israel movement to take them in. Brand is a lone survivor trying to regain himself after losing everyone he loved. As a taxi driver with a new identity-- he learns to navigate Jerusalem as well as the overlapping and often deadly loyalties of the resistance. He falls in love with fellow survivor Eva, reclaims his faith, and commits himself to the revolution, accepting dangerous secret missions from their leader, Asher. By the time Brand understands the truth, it's too late, and the tragedy that ensues changes history.
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by Stewart O'Nan
by Karl Ove Knausgaard
by Julie Orringer
by Jon Clinch
"Narrator Edoardo Ballerini brings a rhythmic elegiac tone to O'Nan's fine new novel, which encourages long listening and lends a timeless quality to a story set in post-WWII Jerusalem. Brand, a Latvian prison-camp refugee, arrives in the city unsure how to live again. Soon, he is driving a taxi; has joined one of the many factions fighting for Israeli independence; and has fallen in love with Eva, a prostitute and member of his cell. As Brand tries to navigate everyone's conflicting loyalties, he feels like a pawn in a chess game he doesn't control. Ballerini's tightening voice helps build the tension as Brand struggles to discover what's really going on. His subtle characterizations color the characters with courage, despair, passion, honesty, and moral ambiguity. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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