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The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu - Excerpt

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu - Excerpt

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The searing, riveting debut novel about young women coming of age in the military, from one of the most promising literary talents of her generation.

Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts.

In a relentlessly energetic voice marked by caustic humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu creates a heightened reality that recalls our most celebrated chroniclers of war and the military, while capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.

To read more about The People of Forever Are Not Afraid or Shani Boianjiu please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.
The searing, riveting debut novel about young women coming of age in the military, from one of the most promising literary talents of her generation.

Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts.

In a relentlessly energetic voice marked by caustic humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu creates a heightened reality that recalls our most celebrated chroniclers of war and the military, while capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.

To read more about The People of Forever Are Not Afraid or Shani Boianjiu please visit Crown Publishing at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on Aug 02, 2012
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This is a work o ction. Names, characters,places, and incidents either are the product o the author’s imagination or are used ctitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living ordead, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.Copyright © 2012 by Shani Boianjiu All rights reserved.Published in the United States by Hogarth,an imprint o the Crown Publishing Group,a division o Random House, Inc., New York.www.crownpublishing.comHOGARTH is a trademark o the Random HouseGroup Limited, and the H colophon is a trademark o Random House, Inc.Library o Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataBoianjiu, Shani, 1987–The people o orever are not araid : a novel / Shani Boianjiu.—1st ed.p. cm.1. Military education—Israel—Fiction. 2. Womensoldiers—Israel—Fiction. 3. Coming o age—Fiction. 4. Female riendship—Fiction. I. Title.PR9510.9.B66P46 2012823'.92—dc23 2012008962Portions o this work were previously published inthe
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