The wanting: A Novel

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From the author of Not Me, this powerful novel about an Israeli father and his daughter brings to life a rich canvas of events and unexpected change in the aftermath of a suicide bombing.   In the galvanizing opening of The Wanting, the celebrated Russian-born postmodern architect Roman Guttman is injured in a bus bombing, causing his life to swerve into instability and his perceptions to become heightened and disturbed as he embarks on an ill-advised journey into Palestinian territory. The account of Roman's desert odyssey alternates with the vivacious, bittersweet diary of his thirteen-year-old daughter, Anyusha (who is on her own perilous path, of which Roman is ignorant), and the startlingly alive witnessings of Amir, the young Palestinian who pushed the button and is now damned to observe the havoc he has wrought from a shaky beyond.   Enriched by flashbacks to the alluringly sad tale of Anyusha's mother, a famous Russian refusenik who died for her beliefs, The Wanting is a poignant study of the costs of extremism, but it is most satisfying as a story of characters enmeshed in their imperfect love for one another and for the heartbreakingly complex world in which that love is wrought.

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subject_facet Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993- -- Fiction
Extremists -- Fiction
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction
Israelis -- Fiction
Life change events -- Fiction
Suicide bombings -- Israel -- Fiction
title_display The wanting
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The wanting / Michael Lavigne
title_short The wanting
title_sub A Novel
topic_facet Arab-Israeli conflict
Fathers and daughters
Life change events
Suicide bombings