Jerusalem lies at the end of an ancient Roman road, a city swathed in light and sorrow.
Coming to Jerusalem to fulfill her grandfather’s dying wish, Eve Cavell finds herself poised on the seam of three worlds—Muslim, Christian, and Jewish. Inspired rather than frightened by the ghosts and warring children that surround her, Eve emerges from mourning to a life larger for its dangers. The lost and alone—an Australian street preacher; a handsome apathetic Palestinian; an alienated Israeli investigator; and others—beat a path to her door. Soon she attracts the attention of Mozes Koenig, an elderly Hungarian author in search of a heroine. Eve, with her lodestar eyes and solitary dance, captivates the old man’s imagination, and together they create an opus to humanity in a city made of stone.
As a foreign correspondent, Germaine Shames has written from six continents on topics ranging from the Middle East crisis to Aboriginal land rights, from the struggle to save the Amazon to the plight of street children. She has worked in such diverse locations as the Australian outback, the Swiss Alps, the interior of Mexico, the coast of Colombia, the Fiji Islands, and the Gaza Strip. She has made a mission of covering stories of grassroots activism and everyday heroism. Her essays and short stories have been widely anthologized and her articles have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Hemispheres, Troika, Blue, Rotarian, and Byline amongst others. Between Two Deserts is her first novel. She resides in Arizona.
“In Jerusalem where rhetoric and revenge rule, Shames shows us humanity and insight.”
— Bloomsbury Review
Publication Date: August 3, 2002
trim size: 5.75 x 8.5