Reading Guide Questions
Please be aware that this discussion guide may contain spoilers!
- In the beginning of the novel, how would you
describe Liana's feelings and attitude towards her mother? How do Liana's
feelings about her mother change during the course of the novel?
- How does the author use the physical geography of
Israel as it relates to Liana's own personal growth? How do the rough and raw
territories of pre-1967 Jerusalem play a role, reflecting Liana's inner battles?
What is the significance of all the geographical boundaries or lack of
boundaries of her mother's land?
- Why do you think Skolkin-Smith chose to make Liana's
lover an American diplomat?
- After William leaves Liana, she decides to return to
her mother and Jerusalem. Why doesn't she go to the police station to report the
Arab boy's death in the forest? What does she fear? What does this tell us about
her inner conflicts as well as the conflicts of the larger war?
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