In this gripping and honest memoir, Mira Sucharov shows what a search for political and emotional home looks like. Sucharov suffered from childhood phobias triggered by her parents’ divorce, and she sought emotional refuge in Jewish summer camp. But three years spent living in Israel in her twenties shook her to her core. Ultimately, encounters with colleagues, students, friends and lovers force her to confront what it means to be able to write, advocate and teach about Israel/Palestine in a way that balances affirmation with authenticity.
Borders and Belonging: A Memoir
September 1, 2020
Courtesy of Mira Sucharov
- What is your relationship to Israel? What feelings does Israel invoke in you?
- Have you ever gone through a political shift? What was it like?
- Did you find yourself agreeing with the author on her political journey? Arguing with her?
- What are your earliest memories? Are they happy ones? Sad ones? Exciting ones? Scary ones?
- How does nostalgia figure into your everyday life, if at all? Are there particular pop cultural touchstones in your life you think about? What is their meaning to you?
- Why do you think you chose the path/career/passion you did? Is there a “road not taken” for you, a path you maybe once considered? A person you miss? A place you long for?
- What do you dream about? Who do you dream about?
- What does community mean to you? When have you felt most connected? Least connected?
- Has divorce touched your life in some way (whether your own, that of your parents, that of your children, or that of your friends)? Did reading the author’s experience of her parents’ divorce bring up any related or different feelings for you?
- What kind of legacy do you hope to leave your children and your community?
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