A.B. Yehoshuas Friendly Fire is a story of a long married couple. Amotz (Yaari) is an engineer tending to the needs of his children, grandchildren, and elderly father, while his wife, Daniella, is in East Africa mourning the death of her older sister.
Caspian Rain by Gina B. Nahai is the story of twelve year old Yaas. Shes born to a mother who grew up in the slums of South Tehran, one block from the old Jewish ghetto; her father is the son of wealthy Iranian Jews.
We are a nation of secrets. We come from far away places, fleeing our past. We come from faraway states in the nation, and faraway states of being. But it is fundamental to the American experience that, every day, just waking up in the same place as always, we can begin anew. It is not always easy, it is not always successful, but it is there: the promise of rebirth.