Wendy Brown-Baez - Catch a Dream novel
Wendy Brown-Baez - words to light our way
A woman’s healing journey begins in a country embroiled in relentless turmoil.

In Israel, Palestinian frustration for a homeland erupts in strikes, demonstrations and suicide bombings and Israeli military responds with tear gas, arrests, and house demolitions. Lily Ambrosia and Rainbow Dove arrive in Haifa with their children on a pilgrimage. Lily’s fascination with Jewish culture inspires her to dream she can plant roots in the Holy Land. She falls in love with the land itself, with its people, and with Levi, a charming enigma, dangerous but irresistible. Eventually she is fully immersed in Israeli life, earning her way as a nanny, hanging out in cafes with friends, and attending Yom Kippur in the synagogue. Her son rebels against the lifestyle she has chosen and war with Syria looms on the horizon. Will she be able to stay?
"Wendy's writing is beautiful and honest..." --Margo Dill

"Because the authenticity of the character arises from Wendy Baez’s own emotional complexity, her supposedly fictional novel took me on one of the most authentic searches for self I have ever read." --Jerry Waxler, author of Memoir Revolution

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I am not Jewish but I caught a yearning to be in the Holy Land from books. The Diary of Anne Frank and Night by Elie Wiesel opened my mind to the horrors of the Holocaust. Later, the works of Chaim Potok, Sholom Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz gave me a window into Jewish culture. And then I discovered Golda Meir and Menachem Begin’s autobiographies. I tried to imagine the mountains of Judea, the Sea of Galilee, the gates of Jerusalem, and the self-sacrificing work of the pioneers to coax the land back to life. Something about the fight for freedom, the struggle to return to the Jewish homeland started a blaze in me. Maybe because I felt rootless. Drifting from one place to the next, without a destination or a sense of my own heritage. So I adopted the Jewish one and set sail for the Holy Land.  


Shlomo, Orit, Zvi, and I walk into the darkened, noisy, smoky bar and instantly our eyes meet. It is worth all the anguish, the tears, the lonely nights to see that expression on your face. You immediately turn to hide it from me. But I have seen with my inner knowing of you, with my ability to feel you. I am so shook, I can not think. Zvi asks what I want to drink while they guide me to a table off the tiny dance floor.  The place is crammed with people, the dance floor jammed with people pressed against each other and yet keeping rhythm to the music which is exceptionally loud. ...  You are watching me, watching my every movement, waiting. Zvi invites me to dance. I know you are wondering who this man is that I am with, and that part of the reason you haven’t left is that your jealousy has flared into heat. You don’t want me but certainly you don’t want anyone else to have me. How do I know this? I know you, you come from within me. You are the echo of my self, my shadow self, the dark that calls to dark and allows demons to tread where the angel is not strong...

Catch a Dream

"Being on a spiritual journey, the last thing you think will happen is a love story, but this book has it all. The suspense of what Lily will do after meeting the love of her life was exhilarating and kept us enthralled. What we loved the most about this book was the absolute beauty of the author’s words that had us right there. In Israel, learning the culture, enjoying the people, the land, the cafe’s and the amazing country that is in such turmoil but yet so beautiful. A perfect book for summer. "  --Zen Again Blog. 
"I absolutely loved how this book not only tells a story, but scaffolds learning about worlds some of us have never seen or experienced. The deep look into religion, self-reflection, and finding your happy place are all themes that resonate with so many."

"In this marvelous novel of insight and struggle, both the personal and the impersonal progress, and observations are drawn and shared. It's at times nearly alive with a truth-shimmering, perhaps mystical value." --Ned Haggard, Chicago Life 

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