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.
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But for me, the narrative feels more like a succession of vignettes – it isn't strong enough to make me care about the characters, or carry the book through to its end.Read Full Review of The People of Forever Are Not... | See more reviews from Guardian
The girls are often lost for words, but the author successfully finds a voice to express the dehumanising horror of warfare in this fragmented plot held together with a passionate, poetic eloquence.Read Full Review of The People of Forever Are Not... | See more reviews from Guardian
I'd really looked forward to this book and hoped for a lot more.Read Full Review of The People of Forever Are Not... | See more reviews from NPR
The frankness in the novel is refreshing, the episodic nature of its progress I found wanting.Read Full Review of The People of Forever Are Not... | See more reviews from NPR
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