My beautiful sister-in-law gave me this novel for Christmas and I starting reading it on the drive back from Minnesota. I could hardly put it down because Diamant created such powerful characters in Shayndel, Leonie, Tedi and Zorah. These four extremely different women all escaped the Holocaust to be imprisioned by the Brits in Palestine. Trapped behind more barbed wires and without legal status, these four women create a community that supports them. The plot line of the escape only serves to unite them more closely and to bring out even finer points of their personalities.
What I found most encouraging about this book is that Diamant brings light to a forgotten piece of history. I feel like we always focus on the horrors of the Holocaust itself and then zoom to the creation of the Jewish state. I haven’t read a lot of material (non fiction or otherwise) that covers this piece of the puzzle or gives a place at the table for women who history so often denies. This is something that Diamant does in all her works, whether it is the Jewish women of the Old Testament in The Red Tent, women in pre-Revoluntionary America in The Last Days of Dogtown or these forgotten women in Day after Night.