City of Secrets

City of Secrets

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"Stewart O'Nan's City of Secrets will keep you up all night reading - what a beautifully crafted novel." - Alan Furst, New York Times bestselling author of Mission to Paris

From master storyteller Stewart O'Nan, a timely moral thriller of the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after the Second World War

In 1945, with no homes to return to, Jewish refugees by the tens of thousands set out for Palestine. Those who made it were hunted as illegals by the British mandatory authorities there and relied on the underground to shelter them; taking fake names, they blended with the population, joining the wildly different factions fighting for the independence of Israel. City of Secrets follows one survivor, Brand, as he tries to regain himself after losing everyone he's ever loved. Now driving a taxi provided--like his new identity--by the underground, he navigates the twisting streets of Jerusalem as well as the overlapping, sometimes deadly loyalties of the resistance. Alone, haunted by memories, he tries to become again the man he was before the war--honest, strong, capable of moral choice. He falls in love with Eva, a fellow survivor and member of his cell, reclaims his faith, and commits himself to the revolution, accepting secret missions that grow more and more dangerous even as he begins to suspect he's being used by their cell's dashing leader, Asher. By the time Brand understands the truth, it's too late, and the tragedy that ensues changes history. A noirish, deeply felt novel of intrigue and identity written in O'Nan's trademark lucent style, City of Secrets asks how both despair and faith can lead us astray, and what happens when, with the noblest intentions, we join movements beyond our control.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780670785964
0670785962
Call Number: F ONAN STE
Characteristics: 194 pages ; 24 cm

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stewstealth
Oct 13, 2017

Wonderful storytelling with no superfluous words. Subtle yet full characterizations. This is a very well written story on the Jewish fight for a country against the British Mandate of Palestine. Well worth reading.

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brangwinn
Apr 16, 2017

Excellent writing and I learned a lot about post-World War II Israel , but I wish I had more knowledge about the politics and political groups in Israel. What I did get was a feel for those immigrants who had lost everything in the Holocaust and came to Israel to begin again. Brand and Eva are interesting immigrants who have lost so much. But because I lacked so much background information it wasn’t a compelling storyline.

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