A poetic and unusually constructed memoir, The Sound of Her Voice is Sara Gelbard’s story of being born into one of the first kibbutzim in Israel, at a time when the kibbutz philosophy was at its most stringent regarding children and their parents. These parents had just left the Holocaust and had their own heartbreak. Sara lived in a Children’s House with twenty-three other children, and only saw her parents intermittently. Children were meant to be little soldiers and, for a sensitive and creative child, this was a painful, self-alienating experience. Still, Sara excels in her life in the Israeli army, and as a teacher in Israel. Her independence of mind has her finally rejected by her kibbutz and, ultimately she chooses to leave. Sprinkled with haikus, this book sensitively follows her personal journey through life from Israel to New York and Uruguay, and gives voice to how she finally created a home for herself and in her heart, and healed what she lost, partially through the gift of writing.
The Sound of Her Voice
- From the Publisher
September 1, 2019
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