The Way to the Spring by Ben Ehrenreich
Life and Death in Palestine

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...Ehrenreich’s haunting, poignant and memorable stories add up to a weighty contribution to the Palestinian side of the scales of history.
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From an award-winning journalist, a brave and necessary immersion into the everyday struggles of Palestinian life 

Over the past three years, American writer Ben Ehrenreich has been traveling to and living in the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families in its largest cities and its smallest villages. Along the way he has written major stories for American outlets, including a remarkable New York Times Magazine cover story. Now comes the powerful new work that has always been his ultimate goal, The Way to the Spring.

We are familiar with brave journalists who travel to bleak or war-torn places on a mission to listen and understand, to gather the stories of people suffering from extremes of oppression and want: Katherine Boo, Ryszard Kapuściński, Ted Conover, and Philip Gourevitch among them. Palestine is, by any measure, whatever one's politics, one such place. Ruled by the Israeli military, set upon and harassed constantly by Israeli settlers who admit unapologetically to wanting to drive them from the land, forced to negotiate an ever more elaborate and more suffocating series of fences, checkpoints, and barriers that have sundered home from field, home from home, this is a population whose living conditions are unique, and indeed hard to imagine. In a great act of bravery, empathy and understanding, Ben Ehrenreich, by placing us in the footsteps of ordinary Palestinians and telling their story with surpassing literary power and grace, makes it impossible for us to turn away.
 

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Ben Ehrenreich: Ben Ehrenreich lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a novelist and journalist. His first novel, The Suitors, was published by Counterpoint in 2006. His short fiction has been widely published and anthologized. Ehrenreich’s articles and essays have been published in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, the London Review of Books,The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Penguin Press. 441 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Mar 27 2016

Although Ehrenreich feels optimistic about the determination of Palestinians to resist, this visceral book, sorrowfully, portends no end to the horror.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Ben Rawlence on Jul 14 2016

...Ehrenreich’s haunting, poignant and memorable stories add up to a weighty contribution to the Palestinian side of the scales of history.

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Star Tribune

Above average
Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on Jun 10 2016

I wish he had provided more material from Israelis, but as a reviewer I must accept his decision to write the book as he chose to write it, to alleviate what he perceives as an imbalance.

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The Economist

Below average
on Jun 11 2016

Mr Ehrenreich did not set out to write an objective book; he does not even think it is possible. This is simply a description, detailed and sometimes too much so, of what the facts on the ground look like if you are one of a particular group of Palestinians in the West Bank. It should be read by friends and foes of Israel alike.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Rachel Cooke on Aug 09 2016

The Way to the Spring joins, then, the small number of Palestine-related books I’m likely to press on friends.

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