My latest novel Day After Night has not been best-seller. Let me be clear that the book is, thanks to word of mouth, selling and selling. But it’s not a block-buster that’s shown up on THE LISTS. At least, not in the USA.
But I’ve had word that the book is at the top of the Israeli fiction best-seller chart. Woo and hoo!
Day After Night is set in 1945 Palestine immediately following the end of World War II. The main characters are immigrants from the European Holocaust who begin to put their lives together in a strange new land.
During my research, I tried to keep from worrying too much about how the novel might be greeted by the Israeli public: after all, I’m an American presuming to write about their local history. But I kept my head down, did the most thorough research I could (using translations and translators)and hoped that the story and the story-telling would carry the day.
So the success of the book in Israel brings relief and gratitude and, yes, pride.