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Island of Dreams
Aline P’nina Tayar
A single act of violence always has more than a single victim.
This is the theme of Island of Dreams, a story of family, exile and identity told in three different voices.
In 1977, a doctors’ strike brought Malta to the brink of civil war. When Sarita Toledano, a descendant of one of the island's oldest Jewish clans, was killed by a letter bomb, her family scattered throughout the world.
Thirty-four years later, her daughter, Claire, and her nieces, Ellie and Vanna, reluctantly return to decide the fate of two ageing aunts. What they find is a place once more in great turmoil: in the wake of the 'Arab Spring', thousands of boat people are being washed up on Malta’s shores. Inevitably, past and present merge as, all round, the cousins are faced with reminders of the turbulent events that led to their forced departure. But each has her own fixed narrative of the past so that while they seem to be arguing over the fate of their aunts, what they are really fighting over is conflicting versions of their childhood.
As they again confront the central tragedy of their lives, they are forced to re-define themselves and their allegiances to family, religion and country.
Born in Malta and raised in Israel and Australia, Aline P. Tayar is the author of How Shall We Sing?: A Mediterranean Journey Through a Jewish Family (Pan Macmillan/Picador). Her home is in Bath but her work as a conference interpreter takes her frequently to Brussels.
Tayar brings to this beautifully woven family reunion a heart filled with empathy and compassion for her characters. Alfred J.Garrotto, Author of 'The Wisdom of Les Miserables'
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