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Hadassah Book Group
August 8, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
BOOK-The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron
SYNOPSIS-Hailed as “The Great Israeli Novel” by Time Out Tel Aviv, and winner of the Bernstein Prize, The Hilltop is a monumental and daring work about life in a West Bank settlement. On a rocky, beautiful hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling community flying under the radar. According to the government it doesn’t exist, according to the military it must be defended. On this contested land, Othniel Assis-under the wary gaze of the neighboring Palestinian village-plants a garden and installs goats, as well as his ever-expanding family. As Othniel cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive and the outpost takes root. 2014; 464 pp., Scribner.