How a Young Israeli Woman Became an Acclaimed English Author

Shani Boianjiu grew up in Kfar Vradim and never imagined the success her first novel would have. In an interview with Haaretz, she confides: 'Ninety-nine percent of what I write wouldn’t happen'.

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The way Shani Boianjiu tells it, it was a fluke that she wrote her first book in English. In fact, when she wrote the stories that make up “The People of Forever Are Not Afraid” as a college senior, she...