President Obama’s Reading Material: David Grossman’s New Book

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S VACATION READING includes the best-selling Israeli novel “To the End of the Land” by David Grossman, which, according to a White House statement, is one of three that Obama took to his 10-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts.

“To the End of the Land” describes the emotional strains that family members of soldiers experience when their loved ones are deployed into combat. Grossman began writing the novel in May 2003 when his oldest son Yonatan was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and the book was largely complete by August 2006 when his younger son Uri was killed in the Second Lebanon War. Originally written in Hebrew and called “Isha Borachat Mi Bsora” (‘A Woman Escapes from News’), an English translation by Jessica Cohen was published in September 2010 to widespread critical acclaim, and won 2011’s Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize (JQ Wingate Prize).

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