Edges: O Israel O Palestine

Leo­ra Skolkin-Smith
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By – July 9, 2012

Edges: O Israel O Pales­tine is a dark and pen­e­trat­ing look at pre-1967 Israel and Pales­tine through the eyes of 14-year-old Liana Bilik. After her Amer­i­can father’s sui­cide, Liana’s Jerusalem-born moth­er decides to take Liana and her sis­ter back to her home­land, where her fam­i­ly had lived for four gen­er­a­tions. Once they get to Israel, Liana, who feels over­whelmed and suf­fo­cat­ed by her moth­er, begins to detach from her. She embarks on a mis­sion of self-dis­cov­ery to learn why her moth­er does not speak about her father and why he took his own life. 

Edges is well-writ­ten, pow­er­ful in both imagery and sub­ject matter.

Bar­bara S. Cohen is a tri­al attor­ney in Los Ange­les who spe­cial­izes in child abuse cas­es. She is a mem­ber of NAMI and a sup­port­er of NARSAD, and is an advo­cate for those who suf­fer from men­tal illness.

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