Fic­tion

What Makes Us

Rafi Mit­tle­fehldt

  • From the Publisher
January 1, 2013

Eran Sharon knows noth­ing of his father except that he left when Eran was a baby. Now a senior in high school and liv­ing with his pro­tec­tive but tight-lipped moth­er, Eran is a pas­sion­ate young man deeply inter­est­ed in social jus­tice and equal­i­ty. When he learns that the Hous­ton police have launched a pro­gram to increase traf­fic stops, Eran orga­nizes a peace­ful protest. But a heat­ed moment at the protest goes viral, and a reporter con­nects the Sharon fam­i­ly to a tragedy fif­teen years ear­li­er — and asks if Eran is any­thing like his father, a sup­posed ter­ror­ist. Soon enough, Eran is won­der­ing the same thing, espe­cial­ly when the peo­ple he’s gone to school and tem­ple with for years start to look at him dif­fer­ent­ly. Time­ly, pow­er­ful, and full of nuance, Rafi Mittlefehldt’s sopho­more nov­el con­fronts the prej­u­dices, fears, and strengths of fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty, strik­ing right to the heart of what makes us who we are.

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