City of a Thousand Gates by Rebecca Sacks audiobook

City of a Thousand Gates: A Novel

By Rebecca Sacks
Read by Lameece Issaq

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780063011472

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781799948247

  • ISBN: 9781799948230

  • ISBN: 9781799948254

Runtime: 13.82 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An Elle Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2021

A Real Simple Pick

A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback

“A stunning first novel…imbued with foreboding at every turn…Through her vibrant characters, Sacks paints a moving and powerful portrait of those who love the region passionately despite its many tensions and dangers.”                                                   --Booklist (Starred Review)

"A beautifully written, brave, and incredibly compassionate novel. I couldn’t put it down.”             --Etaf Rum

"Sacks deeply humanizes a conflict that dehumanizes on every level.”                                                --Nicole Krauss                  

Brave and bold, this gorgeously written novel introduces a large cast of characters from various backgrounds in a setting where violence is routine and where survival is defined by boundaries, walls, and checkpoints that force people to live and love within and across them.

Hamid, a college student, has entered Israeli territory illegally for work. Rushing past soldiers, he bumps into Vera, a German journalist headed to Jerusalem to cover the story of Salem, a Palestinian boy beaten into a coma by a group of revenge-seeking Israeli teenagers. On her way to the hospital, Vera runs in front of a car that barely avoids hitting her. The driver is Ido, a new father traveling with his American wife and their baby. Ido is distracted by thoughts of a young Jewish girl murdered by a terrorist who infiltrated her settlement. Ori, a nineteen-year-old soldier from a nearby settlement, is guarding the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem through which Samar—Hamid’s professor—must pass. 

These multiple strands open this magnificent and haunting novel of present-day Israel and Palestine, following each of these diverse characters as they try to protect what they love. Their interwoven stories reveal complicated, painful truths about life in this conflicted land steeped in hope, love, hatred, terror, and blood on both sides.

City of a Thousand Gates brilliantly evokes the universal drives that motivate these individuals to think and act as they do—desires for security, for freedom, for dignity, for the future of one’s children, for land that each of us, no matter who or where we are, recognize and share. 

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The novel showcases the humanity, tragedy, and complexity of life in the West Bank.” Entertainment Weekly
“At the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As these characters fight for the future they believe in, a common humanity reveals itself in heart-wrenching ways.” Elle
“Through her vibrant characters, Sacks paints a moving and powerful portrait of those who love the region passionately despite its many tensions and dangers.” Booklist (starred review)
“A novel of panoramic ambition, scope and complexity.” Jewish Forward
“Panoramic in scope, devastating in its detail, Sacks’s novel spares no one, but sympathetically, emphatically, with tremendous love.” Joshua Ferris, New York Times bestselling author

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Author

Author Bio: Rebecca Sacks

Author Bio: Rebecca Sacks

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English