Happy Wednesday, guys!
Our WoW this week is Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin.
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a weekly meme that allows bloggers to talk about what upcoming book they’re most looking forward to read!
Expected publication: February 21st 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the barrier fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. Ronit and Jamil fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can be kept secret for only so long. Soon, the teenage lovers must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.
Why I'm waiting:
Without having read Ronit and Jamil, I also think that this is a compelling, timely setting that can open many hearts and minds to real geopolitical situations in the world.
About the author:
Pamela L. Laskin is a lecturer in the English department at City College of New York and directs the Poetry Outreach Center. She is a published poet and author of several poetry chapbooks and children’s books, including Homer the Little Stray Cat. She has published short YA stories in both Sassy and Young Miss magazines. She has edited two poetry anthologies and a book of original feminist fairy tales. She is currently a Colin Powell fellow and a SEED grant recipient for Poetry Outreach and she has received three RF CUNY grants for completion of creative work. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.