The People of Forever Are Not Afraid

  • by Shani Boianjiu
  • Narrated by Shira Segal
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A “searing debut” about three young women coming of age, experiencing “the absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence” (Vogue)
Yael, Avishag, and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts.
In a relentlessly energetic and arresting voice marked by humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu, winner of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35,” creates an unforgettably intense world, capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.


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Israeli fatigues

An enjoyable new voice - at least in parts. The specific parts being the opening sections and early chapters and then the later section in respect of Entebbe. In between the fascinating insight of a group of young girls in the Israeli army became the distinctly unfascinating continual continuum of day to day life of young girls not in the Israeli army.

Best collected and summarised in the recent New Yorker short - a distinct lack of editing here turned a very promising start into a bit of a trek across the middle desert to a happier unhappy ending.
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- Welsh Mafia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-11-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios