Shani Boianjiu

Coming Of Age In Khaki

In a debut novel, a 25-year-old Israeli writes the stories of young women serving in the IDF.

Special To The Jewish Week

In the wake of the Six-Day War, our lives as college-bound preppies seemed puny compared to the glorious achievements of 18-year-old Israeli soldiers. In those days, the experience of our Israeli counterparts was so thoroughly mythologized, their coming- of-age literature always had a formulaic arc: Young recruits went from self-doubt to mature commitment to a mission larger than themselves. Their lives had a sense of purpose that ours, as teens in the diaspora, could never rival.

Shani Boianjiu’s manages an exquisite tension between the eventless and the explosive. Alon Sigavi
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