woman’s healing journey begins in a country embroiled in relentless turmoil.
In Israel, the first Intifada has just begun. 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 to sow seeds
of peace. 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? What does she have to give up and what will
she be able to keep?
"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 enough
to fight them off.
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