Daughters of Iraq” is the compelling story of three women from the same family. It is the story of emigration from Iraq to Israel in the early 1950’s as experienced by two sisters: Violet, whom we learn about through a diary she kept after being diagnosed with a critical illness, and Farida, whose personality unfolds through her relationship with her surroundings, and with herself. The third character is Noa, Violet’s daughter and a student, a young woman in her twenties who is searching for meaning. Noa embarks on a spiritual quest to the past, so that she can learn how to build her life in the present and the future.
The book is the story of love, of roots, and of how the two interface: the love between mothers and daughters, between sisters, between fathers and daughters, between a brother and sister. It is also the story of romantic love, sometimes fulfilled sometimes unrequited, stories that are forever engraved in the hearts of lovers.
Tel Aviv and Seattle. A woman who does the unthinkable. Two best friends living far apart, and how that separation shapes their lives. Is the grass really greener on the other side of the fence? Which comes first, family or country? And how far should we go to secure our happiness? In “Hope to See You Soon,” Author Revital Horowitz challenges her readers to confront these questions, and to grapple with the meaning of friendship, family, and country- the meaning of life itself.
The novel, which will resonate with all its readers but particularly with anyone who has ever lived abroad, is full of moral challenges and cross-examinations. The past mingles with the present as the friends exchange letters over the years. The characters are compelling and sympathetic. You won’t want to put this book down until you’ve reached the end.
Author, Poet and a blogger Revital Shiri-Horowitz graduated from Tel Aviv University and Haifa University. She lives with her husband of 23 years, and is the mother of four sons. Her first book, an award winning “Daughters of Iraq,” was published to high acclaim in Israel and all around the world, has sold tens of thousands of copies. “Hope to See You Soon” is her second book.