“Nuanced, sharp, and wonderfully written, Sadness Is a White chook manages, with seeming effortlessness, to discover anything clean and staggering and poignant within the vintage coming-of-age, love-triangle narrative, anything starker, extra heartbreaking: anything new.” —Michael Chabon
“Unflinching in its honesty, unyielding in its ethical complexity.” —Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Geraldine Brooks
In this lyrical and searing debut novel written through a emerging literary megastar and MacDowell Fellow, a tender guy is getting ready to serve within the Israeli military whereas additionally attempting to reconcile his shut dating to 2 Palestinian siblings along with his deeply ingrained loyalties to relations and country.
The tale starts off in an Israeli army reformatory, where—four days after his 19th birthday—Jonathan stares up on the fluorescent lighting of his telephone, and remembers the sequence of occasions that led him there.
Two years past: relocating again to Israel after a number of years in Pennsylvania, Jonathan is able to struggle to maintain and shield the Jewish nation, which his grandfather—a Salonican Jew whose neighborhood was once burnt up by means of the Nazis—helped determine. yet he's additionally conflicted in regards to the hazard of getting to observe the occupied Palestinian territories, a priority that grows deeper and extra pressing while he meets Nimreen and Laith—the dual daughter and son of his mother’s friend.
From that iciness morning on, the 3 develop into inseparable: wandering the streets on weekends, piling onto buses towards new discoveries, giggling uncontrollably. They proportion joints at the seashore, buying and selling snippets of poems, intimate secrets and techniques, relations histories, resentments, and desires. yet together with his draft date swiftly drawing close, Jonathan wrestles with the query of what it capability to be pleased with your history and dependable on your humans, whereas additionally feeling love for these open air of your individual tribal kinfolk. after which that fateful day arrives, the person who lands Jonathan in felony and adjustments his dating with the twins forever.
Powerful, vital, and well timed, Sadness Is a White poultry explores one man’s makes an attempt to discover a spot for himself, researching within the strategy a gorgeous, against-the-odds love that glints like a candle within the darkness of a unending conflict.