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Linda Grant took home the 2000 Orange Prize for her novel "When I Lived in Modern Times." The book tells the story of Evelyn Sert, a 20 year old European refugee to Palestine in 1946. She arrives as a Zionist to live on a kibbutz, but learns she doesn't have the skills to carve out a home in the hostile land. Moving to Tel Aviv, she's amazed to learn that she has more in common with British colonists than the Jewish refugees from their wide variety of countries and cultures. Separated from her family, she struggles to find a place for herself in a new world.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|