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A poignant examination of life along the working-class border neighborhood of Musrara, between western (Jewish) and eastern (Arab) sides of Jerusalem. Through a series of first-person descriptions of characters and events, Hoffman establishes a vivid sense of place in a divided and volatile city. Concentrating on the lives of ordinary people, the narrative consists of interlocking personal sketches and an examination of larger questions of identity and exile that afflict both Jews and Palestinians alike.
"By detailing the ways history and culture play out in the day-to-day lives of the residents of one of the world's most contentious cities, [Hoffman] adds nuance and complexity to a much-studied subject." --Publisher's Weekly
"Brilliant and moving evocation of the rhythms of life (and the darker shadows below it) in a working-class quarter of the world's most fascinating and divided city...."--Tommye H. Miller, Valdosta State College Bookstore, Valdosta, GA, An AAP Campus Booksellers "New & Recommended"