Meet author Jacob Paul for a reading and signing of his new novel, A Song of Ilan.
A Song of Ilan is the anti-love story of two Americanized Israelis, one of whom, Ilan, once prevented a suicide bombing by shooting a Palestinian woman. Over the course of the novel, Ilan becomes a suicide bomber himself. The other protagonist, Yedit, orphaned by the Arab-Israeli conflict, is a secular exegetist who has published a translation of the Psalms that makes belief in God distasteful if not impossible. The novel mirrors the search for narrative and meaning in text with the search for purpose and direction in religion. Ilan's metamorphosis into a terrorist provides an answer both to his questions about God and to the outcome of a cohesive narrative.