Before We Say Goodbye

Publisher: Walker Books

Review

Ambrosio's award-winning first novel highlights the complexity and far-reaching implications of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Jerusalem.

Her narrative takes us through a day in which decisions and actions made by teenage girls, one Arab, one Jewish, unite them in terrible events which underline both the frustration and futility which pervades their lives.

Seen hour by hour, character by character, with a factual impartiality which places in parallel the experience of families on both sides of the conflict, readers experience the inevitability of the outcome, and the certainty that right and wrong exist in each culture.

Endorsed by Amnesty International, this novel makes stark reading for teenager and adult alike, whose opinions are guided by news reporting rather than human consequences.

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