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From an award-winning journalist, a brave and necessary immersion into the lives and struggles of a group of everyday Palestinians

For the past three years, American writer Ben Ehrenreich has been spending stretches of time living with several Palestinian families in the West Bank. 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 and make human contact with people suffering from extremes of oppression and want: Katherine Boo, Adrian Nicole Leblanc, Alex Kotlowitz, and Philip Gourevitch among them. Palestine is, by any measure, whatever one’s politics, one such place. In cities and small villages alike, men and women, young and old, a group of unforgettable characters share their lives with Ehrenreich and make their own case for resistance and resilience in the face of life under occupation. 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, they are a population whose living conditions are unique, and indeed hard to imagine.

Blending political and historical context with deeply human stories, The Way to the Spring makes clear that conditions on the ground are changing—and getting worse, in an accelerating dynamic that should provoke the conscience of us all. 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ben Ehrenreich’s rendition of the Palestinian experience is powerful, deep, and heartbreaking, so much closer to the ground than the Middle East reporting we usually see. I wish there were more writers as brave.”

    Adam Hochschild, National Book Award–nominated author

  • “As heartbreaking as it is, The Way to the Spring is also a strangely joyful book, because Ehrenreich grasps the essence of the Palestinian struggle: not Islam, or even nationalism, but the stubborn refusal of injustice, the restless search for ‘how it would feel to be free,’ as Nina Simone said. The Way to the Spring is more than a work of journalism. It is a freedom song, burning with humanity.”

    Adam Shatz, contributing editor, London Review of Books

  • “An elegant and moving account…[Ehrenreich] brings a novelist’s eye to his subject… It should be read by friends and foes of Israel alike.”


  • “Teeming with heartbreak, irony, and intimate moments of joy…[Ehrenreich] paints a vivid portrait of life in…[Palestine.] With a journalist’s keen eye for detail and a novelist’s ardor for language and its ability to move people, Ehrenreich will incite renewed compassion in his readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A devastating portrait of unending turbulence in Palestine.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A BookPage Top Pick for Smart Summer Picks for Audio Month
  • New York Times Editor’s Choice
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