Welcome to Heavenly Heights by Risa Miller
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A first novel written by PEN Discovery Award Winner Risa Miller, Welcome to Heavenly Heights describes a group of American Jews who have left the United States, not just to move to Israel, but to live in a settlement on the West Bank. Miller conjures a culture and a movement--part religion, part pipe dream--viewed through the pinhole of one ragged apartment building's door: its families, their dinners, their weddings, their marriages, their sorrows. While bombs can be heard at the edges of these pages, it is inside the settlement, Heavenly Heights where Miller's delicate, understated prose limns the lives of these tender souls.

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Risa Miller grew up in Baltimore, MD. She lived in Israel for several years and now resides in Brookline, MA.
Published January 16, 2003 by St. Martin's Press. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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the shady family financial dealings back in the States that Mr. Stanetsky, widower and owner of the building, must settle, though he simply wants another wife;

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Enlivened by Miller's fresh and spirited eye for imagery, the narrative builds a web of cumulative quotidian details that convey the culture shock of primitive living where water supplies are chancy, construction is often shoddy, the bureaucracy is overwhelming, and men stow their weapons in the ...

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Though a second or third generation American Jewish family may desire relocation to the Land of Israel, not many will accept the sacrifice especially moving to the dangerous West Bank.

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