Sometimes we underestimate our past. We’re sure that things, people, unresolved problems can be left behind. Well yeah, it’s possible to start over from scratch. New country, new job, new friends, new relationships. But the past never vanishes away, it constantly haunts us. No matter how hard we try to overcome and forget it, it’s a part of our life and our personality. And you cannot run away from yourself.
In his new book, Sayed Kashua addresses this subject. And the way he does it is brilliant. That’s why we highly recommend you, dear book lovers, to check it out. The title of the book is Track Changes. And today is its official release day.
A nameless memoirist, an Arab-Israeli man, have emigrated to America years before and now resides in Illinois. One day, he receives word that his father, whom he has not spoken to in fourteen years, is dying. To be by his family’s side, the man leaves his wife and their three children and returns to his hometown of Tira in Palestine. However, only a few are happy to see him back and he feels more alienated from his life than ever.
Sitting by his father’s hospital bed, the protagonist of the book start to immerse into his memories and remember long-buried traumas, the root causes of his fallout with his family, the catalyst for his marriage and its recent dissolution, and his tense relationships with his children. He concludes that all this is strangely connected with a short story he published many years ago about a young girl named Palestine.
Track Changes is an exploration of alienation, love, country, and memory. And it is written by one of the most important writers at work today, “an unusually gifted storyteller with exceptional insight” (Jewish Tribune) – Sayed Kashua. Don’t miss this release!