Chains of Sand
By Jemma Wayne
Published by Legend Press
Available in paperback
Jemma Wayne's absorbing second novel, Chains of Sand, explores the relationship between identity, religion and place, set in Israel and London over ten years. Passion for politics, religion, a sense of place and love run through this novel, pulling all of the characters into different directions.
Udi is a veteran of the Israeli army who wants to escape his violent past and start afresh in London while Daniel, a Londoner, is an investment banker, looking for something deeper after a long term relationship and wants to move to Israel to feel connected to his religion. Both want to make a difference to their lives and must face up to life being a modern jew and the hatred still present in society.
Udi and Daniel's stories flow from the present to the past, from forbidden love, battling against prejudice, the desperate to find more meaning. Both characters struggle with their identities with the way society wants them to behave against their religious upbringing. Chains of Sand explores religious conflict in different countries and the way people search for truth and rationality as characters fight for what they believe by sticking to their principles rather than following society's expectations.
Chains of Sand is an absorbing read, and will pull you into the lives of these characters. I really like the message of this book that you must stick to your principles to find your dreams even with society's expectations telling you to do the opposite.
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I was kindly sent a copy from the publisher.