What is #SixforSunday?
#SixforSunday was a little blog feature Steph @ A little but a lot started in June 2017 for herself. It’s a weekly blog post where you get to share 6 books which fill a certain prompt. Originally, #SixforSunday was a post Steph did that she never thought she would stick with! It was her place to share 6 bookish things under a given prompt. (If you want to see her first post, you can check it out here!) She started it thinking it would fizzle out and that she would run out of things to use as prompts: She never imagined that it would transform itself into something OTHER PEOPLE JOIN IN WITH every week. For further details of the rules and links to the prompts for this meme, please visit Steph’s blog here. (Don’t forget to follow and tag Steph alittlebutalot on Twitter and Instagram – @eenalol – if you join in! Also, I made this little banner for this prompt, using graphics from her blog. I hope Steph likes it!)
This week – March 7, 2021 – the topic is:
Books set in the country where I live!
So, without any further ado…
I’m sure that most of my fellow bloggers are going to be spoiled for choice with this one, but I live in Israel, and honestly, I don’t really read all that many books that are set here! (It would have been much easier if she asked for books set in the country I was born. I’ve read TONS of books set in the US.) However, I have read and reviewed more than six books that are at least partially set in Israel (not counting the Torah, of course)!
6 – “Neither Here Nor There” by Miriam Drori. This is an interesting debut novel about a girl who decides to leave her ultra-Orthodox society.
5 – “White Zion” by Gila Green. This is actually a collection of short stories that are connected by a central character – Miriam, the daughter of a Canadian woman and a Yemenite man, who ends up living in Israel.
4 – “Sadness is a White Bird” by Moriel Rothman-Zecher. This very powerful book is about a troubled young man and his Israeli army service, who falls in love with a Palestinian woman, and how this conflicts with what he is asked to do as a soldier.
3 – “All the Rivers” by Dorit Rabinyan. Although only a very small part of this book takes place in Israel, it is still the absolute finest modernization of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet that I’ve ever read, and a beautifully written novel!
2 – “The Betrayers” by David Bezmozgis. You can’t get more Israeli than having your main character as a Member of the Knesset. Mind you, to avoid a sandal, he runs away to the Crimea, but still…!
1 – “Forest Dark” by Nicole Krauss. This fascinating novel is almost two separate stories, both of which connect to the Tel Aviv Hilton. Mind you, Krauss also put part of her novel “Great House” in Israel, and a couple of her stories in “To be a Man” take place in Israel as well. But Forest Dark is her her most Israel-based book to date.
What about you?
What six books set in the country where you live will go on your list?