Circling Eden by Carol Magun MAGUN

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Rebecca announces her intention to spend her junior year in Israel. There she finds her yearning for acceptance thwarted at every turn. The society she had imagined as the embodiment of everything missing from her own life seems to offer no place of entry for a single woman, an amerika'it, an assimilated Jew. The action is set in 1973, the year of the Yom Kippur War.

About Carol Magun MAGUN

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Carol Magun teaches English at Bentley College in Waltham, MA.
Published August 30, 2005 by Academy Chicago Publishers. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They have sex, and afterward ``Rebecca felt the hot sun through the window, the sweat on Yigal's back, and knew it was for Yigal that she had come here, to this country, this house, this bed.'' That might be news to Yossi, the settler who is her next lover after Yigal, or to Avner, the Yemenite s...

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When Rebecca Harrison leaves her Yalie boyfriend behind in 1973 to spend her junior year abroad in Jerusalem, hoping to define her Jewish identity, she envisions Israel partly as an all-green biblical eden, partly as an idealistic, egalitarian utopia.

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