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17 April 2012

Light Years

Light Years by Tammar Stein is a story of healing.

Maya Laor is about to start at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She has decided on UVA for many reasons, but needs to attend because of one new reason – after a suicide bomber blew up the café where her boyfriend was waiting to meet her, Maya needs to escape Israel for a while.

Like all people who grow up in Israel, Maya was in the military. Each eighteen year old must serve. And though Maya was assigned to the secretary pool, she was taught to look for suspicious activity. So when she is instrumental in getting a young man fired – and then a year later he bombs the café where he used to work – Maya feels responsible for the death of her boyfriend.

Stein has written a novel that looks at the stages of dealing with grief and survivor’s guilt. Maya is a compelling character to whom readers will relate. This is an important book in our current world.

Stein, Tammar. (2002). Light Years. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.


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