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Sulha: Synopsis

Does one honor one’s country or one’s heart? Malka Marom explores this classic dilemma in her stunningly powerful first novel,
an extraordinary tale of people caught up in a violent and seemingly endless historical conflict, compelled by love and grief to
transcend it.

Sulha tells the story of Leora, who, twenty years after her husband was killed in the Sinai War, is empowered by law to decide
whether or not to allow her only son to serve high-risk duty as his father did. As Abraham was so severely tested, so her son’s
fate is in her hands. Charged with this burden, Leora leaves her uneasy exile in Toronto, and ventures to Sinai.

In the remote and treacherous mountain region of Sinai Leora encounters a Bedouin clan, who offer her a  glimpse of the other:
the mysterious Arab world that so fascinated her as a child; the enemy that her son might face. And indeed, mounting danger
and mystery pervade the air of the Bedouin compound. But are these people really the enemy? Is sulha—forgiveness, reconciliation,
peace— not possible here? The modern Israel to which Leora then travels offers no clear answers, and a deep enmity
towards her. To her former compatriots, she is the other – outsider, exile, even a deserter from the Land to which her husband
gave his life to defend.

Sulha is the story of one woman’s search for the answer to her son’s future, and through it the reconciliation of her own
fragmented past. In the process, it explores the interlocking and sometimes irreconcilable boundaries of love and loyalty—to a
person, a people, a land.

Intensely lyrical, captivating and inspired, Sulha is an unforgettable reading experience, a relentless quest to reconcile seemingly
unappeasable conflicts. Both epic and personal, it is “not only about the consequences of history but also the possibility of
transcending them.”

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