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  • Published: 15 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099578680
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

The People of Forever are not Afraid




Searing first novel about three young women coming of age experiencing the 'absurdities of life and love on the precipice of violence' (Vogue)

Longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty village in Israel. They attend high school, gossip about boys, and try to find ways to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. Then at eighteen they are conscripted into the army.

Yael trains marksmen, Avishag stands guard watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences and Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. All of them live in that single intense second before danger erupts, all of them trying to survive however they can…

Shortlisted for The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize

  • Published: 15 May 2014
  • ISBN: 9780099578680
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Shani Boianjiu

Shani Boianjiu was born in 1987 in Jerusalem, and she served in the Israeli Defense Forces for two years. Her fiction has been published in Vice magazine, Zoetrope and the New Yorker. Shani is the youngest recipient ever of the US National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 Award. Her first novel, The People of Forever are Not Afraid, was published in 2013 and longlisted for the Women's Prize. She lives in Israel.

Praise for The People of Forever are not Afraid

A searing novel

Catherine Taylor, Guardian

In a humorous and beguiling deadpan, Boianjiu conveys the fleeting, vanishing experience of hovering between adolescence and adulthood, at the same time as providing a rare portrait of young Israelis being minced through military service

Robert Collins, Sunday Times

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