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A Vision of Angels – Timothy Jay Smith
Saturday, July 13, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Timothy Jay Smith reads from, signs, and discusses his book, “A Vision of Angels,” a suspenseful work of fiction set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Synopsis of A Vision of Angels:
Alerted to a suicide bomb plot, Major Jakov Levy orders the border with Gaza Strip closed. Unable to get his produce to market, Amin Mousa dumps truckloads of tomatoes in a refugee camp. David Kessler, an American journalist, sees it reported on television and goes to Gaza for Amin’s story.
Hamas militants plot to smuggle a bomb out in David’s car and retrieve it when he returns home, but he’s unexpectedly detoured on the way. Meanwhile, a cell member confesses to the plot, and the race is on to find David and retrieve the bomb before the terrorists can.
Ultimately A Vision of Angels is a story of reconciliation and hope, but not before events as tragic as a modern passion play change the lives of four families forever.
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Timothy Jay Smith grew up a Zionist, and some decades later ended an exciting international career assisting Palestinian businesses in the roll-out of the Oslo Peace Accords. En route, he developed an understanding of the many sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and decided to put a human face to them. The result is his novel, A Vision of Angels, the story of four people who whose lives are entwined by the conflict in ways—and with consequences—they often don’t even realize.
“It’s not about the politics of the Middle East but the people,” Tim says, “and what the situation has done to them. How they are engaged with each other even when they think they’re not because disengagement is impossible. They’re part of the same whole cloth. You pull one thread and it unravels another.”
“If there’s a political message to the book, it’s that there can be no winner when everyone has already lost. Peace is achievable, and frankly it’s easier than commonly believed. It was all embodied in Oslo.”
A Vision of Angels won the Paris Prize for Fiction in 2008 (now the Paris Literary Prize). It reveals life in today’s Holy Land as no other novel has done. Tim has said that he would like his Angels to do for the Palestinians what Leon Uris’s book Exodus did for the Jews: give them a fair and sympathetic shake.
“A Vision of Angels is a thriller of the first order, full of high-stakes drama and suspense, but it’s also something much rarer: an intimately told tale of life and death and day-to-day existence in the Holy Land that doesn’t take sides. Or, rather, that considers them all. This is a remarkable book.” – Toby Lester, author of Da Vinci’s Ghost and The Fourth Part of the World
“The suspenseful plot moves very quickly. Like his journalist character, Smith tries to give the different sides of this conflict a human face. The stories of all these characters and their families are slowly interwoven together before a climactic ending that is ultimately one of hope.” – Canadian Jewish News
“Haunting and heartbreaking, Timothy Jay Smith puts a very human face on the many-sided Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the gripping and exquisitely detailed narrative set skillfully against the Passover-Easter holidays.” – Jennifer Willis, writer for The Oregonian
Please join Timothy Jay Smith for a reading and discussion on Saturday, July 13 at 7 p.m. You will find more information about the book and author on his website: http://www.timothyjaysmith.com.