This novel believes in what Grossman calls the “fullness of life” and, at the same time, it honestly represents the violence, complexity, and demoralizing effect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At its core, To the End of the Land is a treatise on the importance of human relationships — in all their messy, emotional truth — in surviving life in a war-torn country, where the existential threat to the life of oneself and one’s loved ones is omnipresent. This book is a love story, a drama, a war story, a family story, a female story, and, perhaps most importantly, a story about the importance of stories.
The Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the characters, themes, symbols, and writing style, plus discussion questions and more.
Each printed guide also includes:
· A Bookclub-in-a-Box bookmark
· A complementary RAG (Read-Alongside-Guide), a quick reference pamphlet offering interesting facts and questions to consider while reading the novel
About the novel: Set in Israel in recent times, this epic yet intimate novel places side by side the trials of war and the challenges of everyday life. It tells the story of Ora’s relationship with her husband, from whom she is now separated, as well as the tragedy of their best friend Avram, a former soldier — and her son’s biological father. When her son Ofer rejoins the army, Ora is devastated and decides to hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the “notifiers” who might deliver the worst news a parent can hear. She phones Avram, whom she has not seen in 21 years, and convinces him to go with her. As they journey together, Ora unfurls the story of her family, and gives Avram the gift of his son — a telling that keeps the boy alive for both his mother and the reader.