by Rahel Lerner

So Much of a Good Thing?

Maya Laor, the protagonist of Tammar Stein’s deeply moving debut novel. Light Years (Knopf, $15.95) is not your typical college freshman, and Light Years is not your typical young adult novel. Maya sets herself apart from her new classmates at the University of Virginia in every way—she is foreign; she is older, having served in the Israeli army before college; and she is carrying a burden of sorrow and guilt that she clutches to herself like a security blanket.

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