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By Edeet Ravel

A robust and unforgettable tale of secrets and techniques, relatives, love, and future set opposed to the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian clash. Following at the heels of the severely acclaimed 10000 enthusiasts (finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award) and search for Me, A Wall of sunshine tells the tale of 3 generations of a Tel Aviv kin. Meet Anna, whose passionate letters to a lover she left in the back of in Russia describe the studies of Israel's postwar immigrants; her grandson, Noah, who in his diary files his doubtful sexual identification and his idealism within the face of the stressful political weather; and eventually, Anna's daughter, Sonya, who takes us via one momentous day in August, an afternoon on which she "kissed a scholar, pursued a lover, came upon her father, and left her brother."

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People show up without their script. Oliver/William lost his. No one listens to Feingold or remembers his instructions. Twice our re­ hearsal space was locked up, and once it was double-booked and being used for a meeting of leftists. The hall we’re supposed to be playing in has had a problem with the lights, and the place has to be rewired or it could burn down. No one knows whether the wiring will be ready on time; right now several walls have been taken apart. But I am encouraging Feingold not to give up.

I said, smiling, “Take care of yourself,” and left Matar alone in the class­ room, looking at me with his intense and terrible eyes. eNoah’s diary, July 4, 1984. In the news: nothing interesting. I got into a huge mess today. Since Passover, Oren’s been going out with Ariella. It began when she had a fight with her family and she asked him whether she could go to his place for the seder instead. In the end she stayed with her family—they didn’t actually make up but they convinced her to be at the family seder.

What a difference from home, where everyone is obedient and afraid. Yet the people who grumble are often the same ones who don’t do their own jobs efficiently! It’s quite funny at times. The palm trees are the only part of this country which I imagined correctly! I am waiting for your precious letters. eSonya Matar looked surprised when I asked him to stay, but only for a second. He assumed I needed a favor and that I was going to ask him to look up an article for me or move heavy boxes. There was something shocking about Matar’s eyes, which were far too intense for his age—or any age, for that matter.

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