Gaza's Grip: Beauty and Yearning from a Marginalized Corner of the World (working title; in preparation; Susan Rabiner Literary Agency)
Gaza is a crucial place. It has been coveted -- since the time of the Pharaohs and on through Alexander the Great and Napoleon -- for its strategic geopolitical and commercial location. More recently, it was in Gaza that the first Palestinian intifada ignited in December 1987, with youths bringing the first global attention to Palestine and its struggle for freedom and self-determination for the next six years. Despite that and continued struggles, the fate of Gaza has only gotten worse, with its 1.8 million people now virtually confined, controlled and suffering from drastic shortages of basic resources.
Many books have been written about the historical, economic, and political character of Gaza, but none has told the story of everyday life in the Gaza Strip over the past critical decades. UPA is supporting a new book that will do just this. This narrative non-fiction, authored by Professor Brian K. Barber, Senior Fellow at the Institute of Palestine Studies, tells the stories of several youth and families that Dr. Barber has known and lived with since 1995. The book brings the reader to Gaza itself with vivid descriptions of the place and moving narratives of its people: particularly, how they feel when they struggle for freedom and how they adjust their personal, political, and religious orientations to make life work as they grow up amidst ever worsening conditions.
Gaza is crucial now more than ever before: without Gaza, there can be no real Palestine; without Gaza, there can be no lasting peace in the region. With the knowledge this book will provide, there is a better chance that the many outside powers that insist on exercising control over Gaza will do so with heightened human sensitivity and moral responsibility to the goodness of the people who cherish Gaza as home.