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Author: Ben Ehrenreich Narrator: Ben Ehrenreich Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9780735208513
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From an award-winning journalist, a brave and necessary immersion into the everyday struggles of Palestinian life 

Over the past three years, American writer Ben Ehrenreich has been traveling to and living in the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families in its largest cities and its smallest villages. 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 on a mission to listen and understand, to gather the stories of people suffering from extremes of oppression and want: Katherine Boo, Ryszard Kapuściński, Ted Conover, and Philip Gourevitch among them. Palestine is, by any measure, whatever one's politics, one such place. 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, this is a population whose living conditions are unique, and indeed hard to imagine. 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

  • “In a series of character sketches of the people he encountered from Hebron to Ramallah, his book offers particular insight into life under occupation.”

    New York Times

  • “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.”

    Economist (London)

  • “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

  • “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…The Way to the Spring is more than a work of journalism. It is a freedom song, burning with humanity.”

    London Review of Books

  • “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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About the Author

Ben Ehrenreich is the author of two novels, Ether and The Suitors. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, and the London Review of Books, among others. A recipient of the National Magazine Award, Ehrenreich lives in Los Angeles.