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Meir Shalev: A Pigeon and a Boy

(Fiction, 365 pp. Hebrew, 2006, English translation, 2007)

During Israel’s 1948 War of Independence a young homing pigeon handler, in his final moments, sends off one last pigeon, bearing an unusual gift to his girlfriend. Intertwined is the contemporary story of a middle-aged tour guide who falls in love again with his childhood sweetheart and uncovers a secret connection to the bird handler.