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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ben Ehrenreich reading/discussing 'The Way to the Spring' - February 13th

Time Tested Books
is pleased to present
Ben Ehrenreich
reading & signing his new book
The Way to the Spring:
Life and Death in Palestine
Monday, February 13th, 7:00pm


From 2011-2013, American journalist Ben Ehrenreich lived in different cities of the West Bank, staying with Palestinian families and writing major stories for American outlets including a cover story for The New York Times Magazine. During that time he was also gathering material for his book, The Way to the Spring, which chronicles what he witnessed and experienced there, and places Palestine in the same terrain as the war genre associated with courageous journalism. Ehrenreich’s writing unflinchingly describes how Palestinians in the West Bank live under occupation, how they are ruled by the Israeli military, and how they are constantly harassed by Israeli settlers who admit they are trying to drive them from the land. He shows the ways in which they are forced to negotiate an ever more elaborate and more suffocating series of fences, checkpoints, and barriers that have sundered home from field, and home from home. His writing places us in the footsteps of ordinary Palestinians, transmitting their stories with consummate literary power, making it impossible for readers to turn away.

(For a review of the book click here.)

"Captures events unfolding on the West Bank with sympathy and restraint."
--Colm Tóibín, Irish Times

"I'm gripped by it. Ehrenreich lived with many of those he writes about, and so his story is wonderfully intimate. A mother reading Dan Brown in Arabic. A settler tangled in razor wire. The black socks on a dead man’s feet. For all its politics – and its author is extremely attentive to the way things work (and don’t work) in Palestine – I feel more like I’m involved in a pacy novel than struggling to swallow yet more unpalatable truths."
--Rachel Cooke, The Guardian

"Ehrenreich reveals a Palestine that is defined not by loss, but by 'semi-magical' defiance and vitality. Despite their land 'vanishing beneath their feet,' life continues and, as one young resident puts it, remains 'beautiful.'"
--Claire Hazelton, Financial 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.”
--The Economist

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 other outlets. A recipient of the National Magazine Award, Ehrenreich lives in Los Angeles.

Copies of The Way to the Spring will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is FREE & all are welcome.

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