Martyrs' Crossing: A Novel

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  • Title: Martyrs' Crossing: A Novel
  • Author: Amy Wilentz
  • ISBN: 9780684854366
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Hardcover
Martyrs' Crossing: A Novel

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About “Amy Wilentz

  • Amy Wilentz

    Amy Wilentz is the award winning author of The Rainy Season Haiti Since Duvalier Martyrs Crossing, a novel about Jerusalem, and I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen Coming to California in the Age of Schwarzenegger From 1995 through 1999, she was The New Yorker s Jerusalem correspondent She s a contributing editor at The Nation magazine and teaches in the Literary Journalism program at the University of California at Irvine She has worked as a monitor for Americas Watch, and was a board member of the National Coalition for Haitian Refugees Wilentz is a frequent contributor to Conde Nast Traveler, More magazine, and the Los Angeles Times She is currently working on a novel about money, love, and family.



299 thoughts on “Martyrs' Crossing: A Novel

  • 2001 311 pages It took the author three years to write this book, her first novel It is a book about the crisis in the Middle East, really between Palestinians and Israelis It is a political book in one sense but really a very human tale of regrets, revenge, and the elusive nature of absolution The characters are all well developed and her writing is very sophisticated She was the editor of The Nation and truly has an understanding of the situation, and presents these characters in her book as r [...]


  • I received this book from for my honest review This was a difficult story to process It involves an incident at a checkpoint crossing where a Palestinian boy dies due to delay in allowing him and his Palestinian American mother to get medical help in Israel The story is told through multiple viewpoints and there are no victors here The tragic consequences are felt by all the mother who is torn between her life with her imprisoned husband there and her father who lives stateside, the young Israel [...]


  • Desperately sad Even so because it s real Yes, it s a novel and the characters are imagined, but what happens to them happens to Israelis and Palestinians every day And Amy Wilentz knows what she s writing about she was the Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker for two years It is extraordinarily well written, and is that true rarity a book about the Palestinian Israeli conflict that sees the humanity, and the tragedy, on both sides.


  • FANTASTiCFrom Publishers WeeklyA former Jerusalem correspondent for the New Yorker and 1990 National Book Critics Circle nonfiction nominee, Wilentz supplements a natural storyteller s eye for character with a reporter s grasp of swirling political detail in this complex, haunting debut novel At a checkpoint in Jerusalem, a beautiful young Palestinian woman begs an Israeli soldier for permission to cross over in order to get her two year old son to the hospital The soldier, Lt Ari Doron, frantic [...]


  • Martyr s Crossing is a well crafted political novel about our common humanity and what political violence does to individuals The book s characters are not predictable stereotypes, but rather flesh and blood.Wilentz s political insights are right on Here s the Palestinian American grandfather of the toddler who dies at the beginning of the novel, musing on how events can be manipulated You find something, something good, something that really sparks the people because it comes from deep down, an [...]


  • I read this a while ago, so here s a a plot overview from the site Definitely worth it.A former Jerusalem correspondent for the New Yorker and 1990 National Book Critics Circle nonfiction nominee, Wilentz supplements a natural storyteller s eye for character with a reporter s grasp of swirling political detail in this complex, haunting debut novel At a checkpoint in Jerusalem, a beautiful young Palestinian woman begs an Israeli soldier for permission to cross over in order to get her two year ol [...]


  • Martyr s Crossing was just not my book The relative popularity of the novel strikes me as victory of marketing rather that a reflection of its merits True, a summary of the central events of the book sound captivating set against the perennial headline grabbing backdrop of the Israeli Palestinian conflict, Martyr s Crossing expounds upon the broad reaching consequences of the death of a Palestinian child at an Israeli checkpoint All the ingredients of a bestselling novel are here the ripple effe [...]


  • Martyrs Crossing begins at an Israeli checkpoint in Jerusalem A Palestinian mother seeking medical care for her toddler son is refused entry because her husband has been jailed by the Israelis The baby dies, and all parties try to use the death for their own purposes Amy Wilentz s novel pits Palestinians against Israelis, but also each other The Israelis are of than one mind as well New views clash with old as another generation of leaders takes their place The events unfold with tragic consequ [...]


  • A story rich in human emotion set in contemporary Ramallah Jerusalem A Palestinian American who returned to Palestine to marry a Hamas activist watches her son die at a checkpoint as she waits to get clearance to get through to take him to a hospital in Jerusalem The story of the political emotional fallout of that tragic event is told from the viewpoint of the mother, her father a cardiac specialist at Harvard who s also an activist on behalf of Palestinian rights , the soldier who tried to get [...]


  • This is a political story with a human touch A young Palestinian American woman raised in Cambridge returns to her homeland to marry a Hamas activist, while her academic father watches from the safety of Harvard University with a mixture of pride, guilt and horror as her life spins out of control Marina s husband is incarcerated in Israel for involvement in a terrorist plot and their toddler dies a needless death while awaiting checkpoint authorization to cross the border to access urgent medica [...]


  • A Boston born woman of Palestinian descent has returned to Palestine with her husband, a committed freedom fighter now jailed by the Israelis When their two year old son dies for lack of medical attention due to an Israeli enforced border closing that separates him from the hospital, the Palestinians regard him as a martyr, and his death becomes a rallying point for political extremists But Marina understands that a dead child is only that, not a symbol, not a martyr, only a dead child sadly mou [...]


  • It is hard to describe how such a grim book could be so intriguing or in many ways so beautiful Painful tragedy besets a Palestinian woman and what follows is both painful and stunning as the we follow each corollary in the aftermath those who mourn, those who exploit, those who cower and those who seek forgiveness I gained a great appreciation for the ongoing Palestinian Israeli conflict in a highly relatable way, and a new sympathy for both sides A sober and haunting tale which is mostly chara [...]


  • Story starts off at a checkpoint where the mother is trying to get her asthmatic son to Haddassa hospital in Jerusalem Of course the checkpoint is closed and thee child does not get through in time The Israelis immediately launch a cover up and the Palestinians launch a find the soldier campaign Marina the mather has a husband who is in Jail Her father George is critical of the Palestinian AUthority in it s effort to use thee incident for propaganda The soldier himself feels guilty and so the st [...]


  • A friend of mine thanks Grace R told me this was an unbiased book about the Palestinian Israeli conflict She was correct Wilentz was the Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker from 1995 to 1997 and I can only assume that she drew the story from that experience To be able to relate the experience in such an unbiased manner is phenomenal To understand the impossible snarl of politics and social life and tell it with intense skill and nuance is powerful Beyond that, I loved the cadence of her w [...]


  • I enjoyed the description of how everyone in this story is basically screwed by history I never felt that I got inside the emotional lives of any of the characters however Her style reminded me of Dickens where the plot is primary than the characters themselves Since its a history I don t know well enough it was good to see inside it.


  • This book does not provide any easy answers to the Israeli Palestinian issue, but it certainly makes it personal I loved the tension, the characters are so real I highly recommend it Yes, it is not a spoiler to say a child dies, but that is not what the focus is I hesitated to pick it up at first for that very reason, but I am SO glad I did.


  • This book had its ups and downs It started off being very captivating, then transformed itself into something rather boring after approximately 50 pages It became interesting again for the last 100 pages Overall, the characters were intriguing, and they were usually but not always believable as well.


  • This quote, from the book itself, encompasses its meaning Endings do not happen here Things did not come to a close, even on the rare occasions when they seem to In the Holy Land, you could haggle for a century or two over and INCH of unusable land, and really MEAN it A very good read.


  • Not my usual genre The first third of the book I was afraid that it was going to be about the political maneuvering that follows tragedy in the Middle East then it became a story about those affected by the tragedy.



  • Really liked this story of the middle east crisis from individual s perspective, not just politicians retoric Eye opening.


  • This novel tells the story of an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian woman who meet at a checkpoint, where the woman s child dies The story is interesting and well written, but somewhat predictable.


  • New arthur for me Well written Would read her again Plot deals with politics behind what happens at a checkpoint in Israel Things are not upfront and clear Interesting and mind opening.



  • An interesting example of investing theological and philosophical debate in the skin of characters and human dilemma It was okay.


  • Good read It kept me interested throughout the book without wishing for it to be over Good plot I did take to the map to see exactly how it all came together.




  • I loved this book and not just because the author is a friend Anyone looking for insight into the Israel Palestine conflict will find it here, in beautiful prose, and a gripping story.


  • The book reminded me of a documentary It is a window into another culture and part of the world through American eyes.


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