Strangers with the Same Dream
Alison PickPicture a kibbutz in the 1910s: idealistic Jews building a new world for themselves on the principles of communal living. This story tears that picture to shreds. We hear from the perspectives of four characters, each adding a layer of detail and intrigue to the whole messy drama of their Zionist project. The narrative veers away from political commentary, instead turning over every stone in the hearts of the young halutzim. Theirs is a hard existence full of compromises, betrayal, and cognitive dissonance. My only criticism: the use of a ghost character as a narrative technique was unnecessary; the gimmick got old quickly.