Sadness Is a White Bird

Sadness Is a White Bird

In this lyrical and searing debut novel written by a rising literary star and MacDowell Fellow, a young man is preparing to serve in the Israeli army while also trying to reconcile his close relationship to two Palestinian siblings with his deeply ingrained loyalties to family and country. The story begins in an Israeli military jail, where ? four days after his nineteenth In this lyrical and searing debut novel written by a rising literary star and MacDowell Fellow, a young man is prepa...

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Title:Sadness Is a White Bird
Author:Moriel Rothman-Zecher
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1501176269
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:275 pages pages

Sadness Is a White Bird Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 22, 2018
    Jonathan, at 19, is the narrator of this novel, told in letters written to his friend Laith from military prison in Israel. This novel is about the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine, but on a much more personal level. It is about family and family history, and how that molds...
  • Cheri
    Nov 15, 2017
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! When we?re young, we see all the things we want to change, believing those changes to be easy to accomplish. We find, define our own idea of beauty, we find, define the idea of what we want our ?home? to be like, to feel like, a place where our values are ...
  • Dan
    Oct 27, 2017
    I'm so happy that I picked up this ARC! I loved every minute of it. Rothman-Zecher's story is a morally complex one that eschews easy answers, choosing instead to focus on a group of unlikely friends trying to find a third path in a polarized culture. Jonathan, an Israeli-American ...
  • Booktart
    Apr 19, 2018
    Aside from the sex scenes, which felt overwrought ( though there are only two and I love the fact that sexuality is not black and white for the main character) this is a beautifully written novel that explores Israel?s very complicated history. Although the narrator is a Jewish Ameri...
  • Elyse
    Dec 02, 2017
    Extraordinary! I had started this book 2 days ago...a day after having surgery....loved it immediately...but between lots of extra sleep - it wasn?t until today, when I read most of it in a final sweep sitting. For those whom I owe messages to - forgive me ? this novel became impos...
  • Vegantrav
    Mar 15, 2018
    This novel is a testament to the power of fiction. While most of us can intellectually grasp some of the reasons for the divisions between Israeli Jews and Palestinians, we are unable to fathom the emotional depths and the deeply ingrained, historically-based passions involved. This no...
  • Tony
    Feb 12, 2018
    When his family moves from America to Israel, Jonathan embarks on a passionate love affair with his new country. But in the year before he joins the Israeli army he meets Palestinian twins Nimreen and Laith, with whom he forms an intimate bond of love and friendship. The beautifully wr...
  • Elizabeth☮
    Apr 30, 2018
    This is a story about the conflict between Palestine and Israel, but it is told through the lens of three friends: Jonathan (American bred, but Israeli born) and siblings - Nimreem and Laith (twins). Jonathan moves from Pennsylvania to his home country of Israel. He was born there, ...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Mar 23, 2018
    This was a really gorgeous book with great narration. A young man leaves America to return to Israel for his military service. Before enlisting, he meets Palestinian brother/sister twins and develops a deep friendship with them both. As he learns their family history, he starts to feel...
  • Dianne
    Apr 05, 2018
    Lyrical debut novel about an Israeli teenager, Yonatan, who befriends Palestinian twins Laith and Nimreen just prior to his entering the draft to defend the occupied Palestinian territories. The trio share a brief but intense friendship that is complicated by the bitter divide between ...
  • Karen
    Feb 15, 2018
    A powerful and exceptional story told from 19-year old Jonathan?s perspective, a young man preparing to serve in the Israeli army, yet sitting in a jail cell with plenty of time for contemplation and reflection. His letters and journaling are expertly written by Author Rothman-Zecher...
  • Lori
    Jan 09, 2018
    I have so many feelings swimming through me after finishing this novel. It is a heavy subject that will garner strong feelings. I thought Johnathan?s narrative worked perfectly in allowing the reader to feel firsthand the experience of this conflict on those living through it. The di...
  • Esil
    Aug 24, 2017
    A very enthusiastic 5 stars!!! This will definitely be one of my favourite novels this year. Sadness Is a White Bird is set in Israel and starts in an jail where 19 year old Jonathan is being detained. Jonathan tells his own story in the form of a lyrical narrative told to his friend L...
  • Diane S ☔
    Nov 03, 2017
    Once in a while if we as readers are lucky, pick up a book that effects us profoundly. For me, it was this book, I kept putting it down, to think about what I was reading, and yes even to let my emotions level out. The subject is a complicated one, Jewish and Arab relations in Isreal, ...
  • Susanne Strong
    Apr 15, 2018
    3.5 Stars* (rounded down) Jonathan is 19 years old, when, at the start of the novel, he is incarcerated in an military prison, for what we do not know. Writing letters to someone named Laith, pouring his heart out. And so it begins. Jonathan returns to Israel with his family aft...
  • Angela M
    Nov 03, 2017
    When I started to read this story about a young Israeli man who develops a close relationship with a Palestinian brother and sister, it reminded me of a book I read this year, All the Rivers . That one is about an Israeli woman and Palestinian young man who are living in New York and...
  • Biljana
    Nov 23, 2017
    Sadness is a White Bird is a beautiful and sad story of Jonathan, who is in a military jail in Israel. Much of the book is addressed to Laith and serves as a letter of love/apology to Laith and his twin sister, Nimreen. Prior to joining the Israeli army, Jonathan befriends Laith and Ni...
  • Larry H
    Nov 10, 2017
    Oh, wow, this book was so gorgeous and moving and amazing! (Sorry I'm not more enthusiastic about it.) Jonathan has just turned 19 and is serving in the Israeli army, a responsibility he has taken very seriously. Yet when Sadness is a White Bird begins, Jonathan is in a military p...
  • Debbie
    Nov 11, 2017
    4 hearty stars! Okay. So apparently I?m a person who holds a grudge. I realize a grudge makes me pretty huffy and grumpy, so I was sitting there annoyed as hell at the situation?mad at both the book and my snit. Grudges are uncool and they can ruin things. I was dying to rea...
  • Donna Davis
    Feb 17, 2018
    ?There?s nothing ?not political? in Palestine, habibi.? Jonathan grew up in the United States, but now his family is in Israel, the land of his mother?s birth. He?s visited Auschwitz where much of his family died, and he can?t wait to turn eighteen so that he can tra...
  • Karen
    Mar 15, 2018
    The story of a friendship between a young Jewish man named Jonathan and Arab twins Laith and Nimreen, are tested by the conflict that will never end between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. Jonathan, who will be going into the armed service for Israel, and later when he is actually ...
  • Victoria
    Mar 27, 2018
    A political agenda wrapped in affecting imagery and a lyrical narrative. I wish that I had loved this as much as so many of my friends here, but my reading was hindered by a niggling feeling that I could not shake. More on that in a minute. I was initially frustrated at the inclus...
  • Stephanie Anze
    Apr 16, 2018
    Jonathan has just turned nineteen but as he sits in an Israeli military prison, he reminices as to how he got there. He speaks to his friend Laith through letters and flashbacks. Jonathan grew up in the United States but moved back to Israel to finish high school and then become part o...
  • Jen
    Mar 10, 2018
    This one was super intense; emotionally conflicting and one story I soon won't forget. The story begins with Jonathan in jail and reflecting on his great love for his friends Nimreen and Laith. Brother and sister. Jonathan is completing his final year of highschool in Israel when he...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Mar 28, 2018
    4 lyrically dark stars to Sadness Is a White Bird! ? ? ? ? Jonathan is 19 years old and preparing to serve in the Israeli army when he befriends Palestinian twins, Laith and Nimreen. As the story begins, Jonathan is in jail, and his story is told through letters to Laith. T...
  • Kimberly Edge
    Oct 18, 2017
    An incredible piece of literature that I recommend everyone read, immediately!! The words on every page pulled at my heartstrings and I hated to say goodbye to these characters upon finishing. One of my top 2017 reads for sure. Highly recommend!! ALL THE STARS! ...
  • Kristina Reads -  Books. Blogs. Memes.
    Jan 23, 2018
    TL;DR: An exquisite examination of grief, friendship, and loyalty. Trigger warnings: one really weird scene where some teenage boys compare the lengths of their boners, plus racism and descriptions of violence. You would think that growing up with a Catholic education, I wo...
  • J Verne
    Nov 06, 2017
    This gorgeous novel broke my heart again and again. SADNESS IS A WHITE BIRD asks so many questions, questions that are perhaps unanswerable--what does it mean to be a good person? what does it mean to be a good citizen? What does it mean to be a good friend?--against the back drop of t...
  • Rosh
    Apr 05, 2018
    A solid satisfying, richly empathetic, deeply unsettling but gorgeous nonetheless 3.5 stars. We all have some vague distant knowledge about the 'middle east' problem but in this book, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict comes to life in with its devastating tale of friendship and trage...
  • Hal Schrieve
    Dec 23, 2017
    I got the ARC from where I work at a library and I am so happy I did! I think that one thing I need to read a lot more of is fiction from the last five years from Israeli and Palestinian authors that deals with the occupation. This book addresses interpersonal relationships, displac...