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Sami Michael: A Trumpet in the Wadi

(Fiction, 244 pp. Hebrew, 1987; English translation, 2003)

Set in 1982 in the Arab quarter of Haifa, the Iraqi-born author’s bestseller paints a sensitive picture of a Christian Arab family, one of whose daughters enters into a romance with the Russian Jewish immigrant who moves upstairs.  Contending with this unlikely turn of events, the protagonists and their families wrestle with complex questions of loyalty and identity.

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