the quality of family and even communal life in Mandatory Palestine… she also has a wonderfully subtle way of showing how in thousands of different ways the political and personal intermesh, and she does this with a skill and insight that could be a novelist’s envy."
Thursday, October 8th
7pm at the Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Ave
Ossining, NY 10562-4917
Born in Jerusalem, Karmi was forced to leave as a child in 1948 and grew up in Britain where she became a physician, academic, and writer. Karmi writes powerfully and honestly, reminding us that the only crime the Palestinians committed was to be born in Palestine. Very few disapora Palestinians have written memoirs as intimate as Karmi’s frank account of her life: her childhood in Palestine, the flight to Britain after the catastrophe of 1948, and coming of age in the coffee-bars of Golders Green, the middle-class Jewish quarter in North London. Karmi also penned Married to Another Man: Israel’s Dilemma in Palestine, in which she demonstrates with relentless lucidity how terribly exhausted the diplomatic and political pursuit of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become.
Limited numbers of both these books will be available for purchase on October 8th at the Ossining Public Library.