Kass, Pnina Moed. Real time.

AuthorFlint-Ferguson, Janis
PositionBrief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

KASS, Pnina Noed. Real time. Houghton Mifflin, Clarion. 192p. c2004. 0-618-44203-0. $15.00. JS

This novel is set in contemporary Israel and looks at terrorism from multiple perspectives influenced by old abuses and modern animosity. The story is organized in snippets, each identified by the time signature and corresponding to the events before, during, and after a suicide bombing on a crowded bus. The text includes thoughts and dialog of many of those involved--perpetrators, victims, officials and loved ones--showing the complexity of this Middle East conflict.

Thomas Wanninger is a German high school student on his way to Israel after the death of his father. Though he has gotten the time off from school as a way to deal with his loss, a much more urgent reason is to find out the role his grandfather played in the atrocities of the Holocaust. He is met at the airport by Vera Brodsky, a Russian Jew who will supervise Thomas's volunteer work at a kibbutz. Each passage comes to us from a different character and interweaves stories of...

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