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The Settler by [Orit Arfa]

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This book is touching, sassy, angry and, above all, honest...a superb telling of what it's really like inside, warts and all....A rare find, this book. - Bestselling novelist Jack Engelhard

And while the disengagement itself is a compelling story, and the landscapes of Gush Katif, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are settings rich with personality, Arfa goes further, setting music - the composition, study, remuneration and enjoyment of it - as a barometer for measuring theevolution and redemption of the characters.

- Jerusalem Post

It is rare to read or hear about the 11,000 expellees; but now, ten years on, Orit Arfa has written a work of historical fiction cum romance that makes Disengagement/Expulsion come alive for the reader. Arfa's writing voice is bright and sassy, much like the book's heroine, Sarah, AKA "Shachar" Dakar.-
Huffington Post

Arfa executes the difficult balance between sociopolitical commentary and human development artfully, avoiding veering into caricature with grace and humor....Why can't we have more novels like this?

- Israel National News

The novel is beautifully written.
- Rick Richman, Jewish Current Issues

An unconventional novel.
Yedioth Aharonot, Israel's leading daily

Arfa's words of great power sweep you into a deep, emotional connection with Sarah Dakar. While it's a political novel, anyone can relate to the plot, the pain, the loss, and the insights along the way, to the price each character pays, and to the human story told with great sensitivity.
Prestige Magazine (Israel)

From the Author

You can now listen to some "Settler" music!The Settler is a novel about many things, especially pop music. Music from the novel is coming to life through a companion album, now under production. As a bonus, readers will be guided to a link where they could download some singles off the album for a multi-sensory experience.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00DO9ZTTG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Route 60 Press (January 1, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ January 1, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2851 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 275 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 84 ratings

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Orit Arfa is an author, journalist, painter, songwriter, political commentator, and media personality.

A native of Los Angeles, Orit’s works are informed by the ethical dialectic that flows from her Jewish education and upbringing. Her father was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany to Holocaust survivors, while her mother was born in Iraq on the eve of the mass Iraqi Jewish emigration to Israel in the wake of anti-Semitic pogroms. Orit led a free Jewish life in America, having attended modern Orthodox schools, but the soul of a free spirit led her tailor-make her educational journey.

While most of her peers were either bar hopping or learning Torah, Orit went college-hopping in search of “The Truth.” After stints at Columbia University, Stern College for Women, Bar Ilan University, and UCLA, she graduated with a BA in Jewish studies and a minor in journalism from American Jewish University, where she also served as editor of the undergraduate newspaper.

While a student at Stern College, she interned at the Jewish daily Forward. Her profile of renowned Israeli mentalist Uri Geller got noticed by The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, for whom she has been writing ever since.

She moved to Israel in 1999 and continued to write about politics, society, lifestyle and travel for a variety of publications, most notably The Jerusalem Post. To catch-up on bar-hopping she missed in college, she pioneered the nightlife section of The Jerusalem Post. But she also left room for Torah. In 2003 she completed her MA in Bible and Jewish Thought at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (where she managed to finally uncover “The Truth”).

Her experience covering the withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 had a profound impact on Orit’s view of Israel and Zionism. It was then that she began to develop her novel, "The Settler." In 2016, Orit moved to Berlin to write about German-Israel affairs and to complete her second novel: "Underskin," a German Israeli love story.

She currently lives in Berlin.

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