by Molly Abramowitz

Harvesting Stones

A hundred years ago in the Land of Israel...

Traveling today to Rosh Pina, a city in northern Israel with a world-class spa, an art colony, and winding picturesque roads, it is hard to imagine the terrain when Fania Mandelstam, 16, arrives at the end of the nineteenth century. Shulamit Lapid, in Valley of Strength (Toby Press, $24.95), vividly portrays the hardships and political struggles of the early Zionist pioneers in this 1982 classic Israeli novel, newly translated by Philip Simpson.

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