COH Book Club
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 • 12 Sh'vat 57777:00 PM - 9:00 PMOffsite
Members mingle, think, and learn during these gatherings to discuss books of current or historical Jewish interest. Special guests (experts on a subject) frequently participate with
the group. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. View 2016-17 Schedule.
We will be discussing The Hill Top
by Assaf Gavron; Steven Cohen, translator
On a rocky hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. According to government records it doesn’t exist; according to the military it must be defended. On this contested land, Othniel Assis—under the wary gaze of the Palestinians in the neighboring village—lives on his farm with his ever-expanding family. As Othniel cheerfully manipulates government agencies, more settlers arrive, and a hodge-podge of shipping containers and mobile homes takes root.
One steadfast resident is Gabi Kupper, a former kibbutz dweller who savors the delicate routines of life on the settlement. When Gabi’s prodigal brother, Roni, arrives penniless on his doorstep with a bizarre plan to sell the “artisanal” olive oil from the Palestinian village to Tel Aviv yuppies, Gabi worries his life won’t stay quiet for long. Then a nosy American journalist stumbles into Ma’aleh Hermesh C, and Gabi’s worst fears are confirmed. The settlement becomes the focus of an international diplomatic scandal, facing its greatest threat yet.
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