Shani Boianjiu is the youngest recipient ever of the National Book Foundation's 5 under 35 Award, for which she was chosen by Nicole Krauss. An excerpt of The People of Forever Are Not Afraid was recently featured in The New Yorker, and already this debut novel is garnering huge interest. The People of Forever Are Not Afraid is unlike anything you've read before. Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh says, "it reads like it was written in bullets, tear gas, road flares and love." We can't wait to hear what you think.
Good luck to all, and happy reading
the Read It Forward team
Three young women grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain. In a relentlessly energetic voice marked by caustic humor and fierce intelligence, Shani Boianjiu creates a heightened reality that recalls our most celebrated chroniclers of war and the military, while capturing that unique time in a young woman's life when a single moment can change everything.