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Dreams of home

Alison Pick’s engrossing new novel addresses themes of displacement and redemption
EMMA LEE

FICTION

Strangers with the Same Dream

Alison Pick

Knopf Canada

What is our responsibility to strangers? Who do we help, love, and decide to make a part of our family and community? These are some of the questions explored in Alison Pick’s engrossing third novel. Though the story takes place nearly a century ago, the dream of a safe haven possesses an uncanny timeliness for us today.

Pick’s story opens in 1921, when a group of Jewish pioneers sets out to reclaim their ancient homeland and forge a new way of life. Most of the settlers are from Eastern Europe, fleeing violence and anti-Semitism. They hope to found a kibbutz – the Hebrew word for a communal settlement – in what will become Israel. Their path is rife with hardship, but lofty ideals spur them forward: to build a society dedicated to joint ownership of land, as well as equality in production, consumption, and education. A chosen home in the chosen land for the chosen people.

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