Wall of Dust is a story of the human spirit-of the pain of loss and the struggle to recover. Aisha, a Palestinian schoolteacher, becomes deranged after most of her class is accidentally killed by a missile fired from an Israeli gunship. She begins on a strange ritual, throwing stones at the "security barrier," the eight-meter tall concrete wall that separates much of the West Bank from Israel. She shouts the name of each dead child and hurls a stone at the concrete monolith. Initially alone, she is soon joined by others and her little ritual takes the form of a mass protest. At several points she might be stopped, or worse, but she is helped in small but significant ways by several other characters, Israeli and Palestinian. Each character who intercedes has experienced a loss-a career dead end, a family estrangement, a crisis of faith, a simple loss of hope-that guides their actions. The acts are small and personal: a sniper misses a shot, a teacher comforts, a stranger embraces, a father forgives, an Islamist relents. Lyrically written, full of compassion for the people of Palestine and Israel and for the land they inhabit together, Wall of Dust is a tale of revelation, redemption, and the persistence of hope.
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About the Author
Timothy Niedermann is a graduate of Kenyon College and attended the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Germany. He also holds a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University Law School. Wall of Dust is his first novel.
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I loved the novel. I loved the slow rhythm, allowing me to deeply feel the story. It’s easy for me to “see” decors and characters when I read, but I can rarely hear them. Timothy Niedermann has that capacity; to make the book alive in that way. I’ve heard all those steps and feet hitting stones. And the wind, of course, becoming alive under our eyes and ears. He created strong characters, even the secondary ones: Hana, Zev… They are so real, it’s like I know them all so well."
Wall of Dust brings a fresh perspective to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict where stereotypes are swept aside and the focus is squarely on the innocent victims of this century-old conflict. Timothy Niedermann is an author to watch..