Wherever You Go: A Novel
Yona Stern has traveled from New York to Israel to make amends with her estranged sister, a stoic ideologue and mother of five who has dedicated herself to the radical West Bank settlement cause. Yona’s personal life resembles nothing of her sister’s, but it isn’t politics that drove the two apart.
Now a respected Jerusalem Talmud teacher, Mark Greenglass was once a drug de...more
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Some places are a melting pot but the eternally combustible sands of the middle east could better be described as a pressure cooker. Under the desert sun in Israel, three lives bake and squirm amidst a stronger power in Joan Leegant’s Wherever You Go. Yona Stern has come halfway around the world in one last-ditch effort to save an all but lost relationship with her sister. Mark Greenglass has jumped out of the hot pot, only to land in the equally spiritual...more
When I first read the description of Wherever You Go, it was instantly a book that I wanted to read. When I first sat down with it, my intention was to read the first few chapters to see how things are. In fact, I ended up not putting the book down for hours. Between the characters, the story, and Leegant’s way of wri...more
Yona Stern has returned to Jerusalem from New York, in hopes of reuniting with her estranged sister Dena. Yona betrayed her sister in the worst way, sleeping with the love of her life. Dena had her life a...more
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: July 25, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Book Summary: Yona Stern has traveled from New York to Israel to make amends with her estranged sister, a stoic ideologue and mother of five who has dedicated herself to the radical West Bank settlement cause. Yona’s personal life resembles nothing of her sister’s, but it isn’t politics that drove the two apart.
Now a respecte...more
Partially, Leegant is able to do this because of her characters: three Americans with arms and legs and whole bodies reaching, willingly or unwillingly, to that Holy Land, Jerusalem. Yona - to see...more
Now a respected Jerusalem Talmud teacher, Mark Greenglass was once a drug dealer saved by an eleventh-hour turn to Orthodox Judaism. But for reasons he can’t understand, he’s lost his once fervent religio...more
Wherever You Go is set in contemporary Israel, mainly in Jerusalem. Joan Leegant has tackled two gigantic though related aspects of the conflict in her short and rather light novel. One is the relationship of A...more
I have been tossing around how I was going to review this book for the past week or so. I finally settled...more
I entered a giveaway contest for a copy of this book, and was beyond thrilled when one day I received a package from W.W. Norton, with a beautiful brand-new copy of Wherever You...more
Leegant weaves these three very separate lives together throughout the course of the novel and builds up to a dramatic finale. I found the most i...more
The issue of how to ensure the survival of the Jews in modern times is front and center, but right there with it is how to en...more
"Wherever You Go" tracks three very different American Jews who visit or live in Israel. My favorite is Yona- she's trying to ask forgiveness from her ten-years estranged sister who lives on an extrem...more
Mark's family has a har...more
This is the type of writing where I can really lose myself in the story and never want to come...more
I was very excited to have been selected for a free copy- this book instantly appealed to me. I found the book very easy to get into. The characters are interesting and the author has given you quite a bit of background detail on each of them.
The three quarters of the book, I found fascinating. The final quarter of the book not so much. I felt disconnected from the characters and I didn't quite get the whole picture. I'm going to...more
The story's structure focuses on how the characters come together in a tragic event. It is a predicable pivotal moment making what should have been an exciting thriller quite dull and not worth reading.
Just started this book, so far the first chapter is terrific.
I really enjoyed this book. It was cleverly written from 3 people's perspective, and quite effectively examined issues of American Jews' relationship with modern Israel without being preachy. And I loved the ending, it made me cry. Beautiful.
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