Wall of Tears by David Kerr
When David Kerr submitted the manuscript of Wall of Tears for consideration by AIA Publishing, I realised that he was giving me the opportunity to publish a real winner. The depth of his research on the Palestine – Israel conflict, his personal experience of spending time with people on both sides, and his compassionate and balanced approach to writing this inter-generational story make it a very special book. And if you’ve read his first book, Out of Latvia, you’ll not want to miss this one. David’s writing has matured even further, and you’ll learn historical facts that may surprise you.
Early reviews support my gut feeling on this one.
Abdiel and Maya, both Polish Jews, survive the horrors of the Holocaust and, in 1948, settle into kibbutz life in the emerging State of Israel. Their lives become intertwined with a Palestinian Arab family, bringing both happiness and heartbreak as religions and cultures clash and forbidden passions rage.
At the Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, Abdiel sheds a single silent tear created by his dark past. His son, Uri, upset by his papa’s pain, questions his distress, only to be met with silence. As the years pass, Abdiel’s inability to speak of his torment has a profound impact on his family. Uri embarks on a medical career and an impossible love, while his brother takes the path of a soldier.
Set in the tumultuous history of Israel/Palestine, this multi-generational novel takes the reader to the heart of the complexity and intensity of this ancient conflict.
Publication Date: April 14th 2020. Available for pre-order now.
What Readers are Saying
‘Wall of Tears is an extraordinary book. Author David Kerr has successfully straddled that most bitter of divides, the Israel-Palestine imbroglio, to create a novel of both warmth and wisdom. Told through the eyes of Uri, the son of a Holocaust survivor, Wall of Tears explores the creation of modern Israel at a human level, through the experiences of a Jewish family and their Arab neighbours. There is conflict, love, betrayal, loss and a shattering conclusion—essential elements of a compelling read. And through it all there is a sense that the author has a deep understanding of and respect for the history and complex issues that continue to rob Israelis and Palestinians of peaceful co-existence.’ Nick Hartgerink – writer, former editor of Illawarra Mercury and media consultant
‘In Wall of Tears, David Kerr compellingly achieves the delicate task of revealing the heart and humanity of both Israelis and Palestinians through the fictional narratives of endearing, unforgettable characters from both groups. He further interweaves a thoroughly researched historical backdrop into this page turner to give a higher perspective of a system plagued by horrific collective trauma and the inevitable aftermath that continues to overwhelm both sides. David Kerr’s compassionate humanizing of his characters, gives a model of higher understanding and hope as viable building blocks of deeply needed peace.’ Cyntha Gonzalez – counselor, international speaker and seminar leader, writer.
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