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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandy Tolan Narrator: Sandy Tolan Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian 25-year-old, made a long-imagined journey to what is now the city of Ramle in Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it that his father had planted, that he and his family had fled 19 years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house and rang the bell, a young woman welcomed him in.

The woman who met him at the door was Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a 19-year-old Israeli college student, who had been a baby when her family fled Europe following the Holocaust and found their way to an abandoned stone house in Ramle, with a lemon tree in the backyard. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare and difficult friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next 35 years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967.

Based on extensive research and conversations with all the people involved, and springing from his enormously resonant radio documentary that aired on NPR's Fresh Air in 1998, Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli/Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and reconciliation. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nahom Tamerat | 2/8/2014

    " I found the book very educative and quite well balanced as it tries to present both sides of the story without bias. The story itself is interesting and very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marie Murrell | 2/3/2014

    " Educational, moving, and inspiring. It made me feel like one person can make a difference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 1/31/2014

    " Really interesting story , fiction but have a really readable story of the history of the Middle East. I need to read it again ,it had so much information. It tells it in a story form about two families which made it an interesting approach of story telling telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alison | 1/30/2014

    " I have absolutely no idea how to rate this book....everything from a 2 to a 5 seems totally appropriate to me. I am so glad to be done with it....it has been a mission of mine to finish it and it was not an easy mission. I learned so, so much from this book....I was ridiculously poorly informed before this book and this book covered a lot, a lot of details. The premise of covering the history of Israel focusing on a Palestinian and a Jewish family whose lives are connected only by one chance circumstance is a fabulous conception to me and all the parts dealing with the families was fabulous social history, IMO. However, much of the book is just tons and tons and tons of historical detail and it just made the book too much of a slog for me. I found this book barely readable for long stretches in spite of being interesting in it. Anyhow, I am glad to have made it through truly I learned a great deal and have a much better understanding now of the Arab positions than I ever did before. "

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