Friday, November 12, 2010

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings has a new home and is now hosted by Katy at a Few More Pages.

I gotta' be honest: I am still reading The Lemon Tree, which I posted about in last Friday's Book Beginnings. I took a small break from it and read Jumpstart the World by Catherine Ryan Hyde (which I enjoyed). And I've also started another YA book so I am going to do the beginning of that book.



Every year on February 21, I phone her. And every time, I ask her the same question: "Why are we alive?" No matter how many times I ask, her answer is always the same: "Because there was a wind". My name is Wuditu. When I was 13, my father took our family from our Ethiopian village to another country, Sudan. From there we hoped to get to a place we called Yerusalem.

This is a fictionalized account of true events, following a family of Ethiopian Jews as they try to escape from Ethiopia to Sudan to Israel, experiencing slavery, humiliation, and despair along the way. I have barely begun the book, but so far it's really interesting. There is a note to the reader about the history before the actual story begins and I liked that; I am armed with information going in the character's life.

2 comments:

Rob said...

Thanks, Helen, for introducing me to Book Beginnings on Friday. I'm going to mention your book to my partner who is Jewish.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Rob--It's so nice to "see" you around the blog world again. I must confess I took a break from this book and read another one, but I am going to get back to this one.