Grains Of Sand: The Fall of Neve Dekalim
Puts a human face to the people of Gush Katif as it closely follows the story of an Israeli family from pre-Intifada II until Disengagement. By shifra Shomron.
A historic fiction based upon the author's life and experiences in Gush Katif, as well as those of friends and neighbors. It vividly reflects the thoughts and feelings of the people who lived there during the disengagement from Gush Katif.
An important book as a testimony to the short-lived life of the settlers' dream and the not yet fulfilled vision of the final redemption. It is the chronicle of a teenage girl who had grown up in the idyllic world of the Gush who must leave it and her childhood behind both literally and figuratively. It is lyrically, poetically and innocently recounted.
'Grains of Sand reads like a young adult novel with a religious orientation, but it is intended for a diverse readership that seeks to deepen its understanding of Gush Katif life. The straightforward, third-person narrative, interspersed with diary entries by the heroine, takes the reader through the ups and downs of the community: the idyllic, happy, tight-knit religious home and community life of the residents, the terrifying intifada that claimed many Jewish lives there, the struggle to enjoy life amid the constant threat of mortar attacks, and the fears and doubts of the community in the year leading up to disengagement.'
-Orit Arfa, Journalist, The Jerusalem Post
- Original Release date: 2007
- Pages: 188
- Binding: Paperback