Barefoot To Palestine by krause
|Title||Barefoot to Palestine|
|Language||English, Spanish, and French|
Cassie Komsky, a widow, leaves her home in Manasquan, NJ for a mid-year teaching job on the other side of the state, hoping to finally put behind cataclysmic memories of her husband, Brian, a Marine, who was blown apart when the Marine barracks in Lebanon were bombed.Her first day of class, she comes face to face with Samir, a student who has not spoken since his first day in September. Through Guidance, Cassie learns her life and Samir's are inextricably linked - his parents were killed when the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon was bombed.As she teaches Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet" and "Othello," the themes of love and hatred, trust and betrayal, leap off the pages into Cassie's and Samir's lives, destroying the new life Cassie had hoped to find and destroying the beauty and love Samir finds with Rachel.Hatred and devastation not only destroyed their lives through wars, hatred, and conquest in the Middle East, but have transported themselves to this sleepy little suburb near Princeton, to destroy their lives here as well."Barefoot to Palestine" is a tragedy of epic proportions. Historical fiction set in 1987, it defies setting; it defies time, and shows how the universality of man's darker side manifests itself in anyone who lets jealousy and hatred transcend love and humanity.