* Edeet Ravel * HarperCollins
Early inA Wall of Light, which is set in Tel Aviv, main character Sonya indulges in a hot shower while remembering that some people don't have water enough to drink. This awareness of injustice isn't unique to the Israeli left, but it has helped shape Sonya. Deaf from a medical accident in her teens, later the victim of a violent assault, she retains her compassion and sense of adventure. She's someone for whom happy surprises can still happen. A Wall of Light follows 32-year-old Sonya through one day of such surprises.
We learn more about Sonya from the diary of Noah, her nephew--although he's more interested in questions about his sexual orientation. When Noah and his best friend, Oren, decide to "test" his sexuality, the result is inconclusive, although "physically pleasurable like you wouldn't believe," Noah writes. Noah decides not to think about it too much. But years later he's still thinking. Decisive Sonya, on the other hand, is way ahead.
The final novel of an acclaimed trilogy that began with Ten Thousand Lovers, A Wall of Light depicts moments of crossing over--pursuing a lover across a military checkpoint; unsettling a life in the hope of something better. In a region of static decades-long conflict, it's a good beginning.
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|Title Annotation:||Wall of Light|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Feb 14, 2006|
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