The master storyteller Stewart O’Nan comes with a timely moral thriller of the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after the Second World War.
In 1945, Jewish refugees set out for Palestine in their tens of thousands with no homes to return to.
‘City of Secrets’ traces one survivor, Brand, as he tries to regain himself after losing everyone he’s ever loved.
He navigates the twisting streets of Jerusalem alone, haunted by memories, he tries to become again the man he was before the war. He fids love in a fellow survivor Eva.
He commits himself to the revolution, accepting secret missions that grow more.By the time Brand understands the truth, it’s too late, and the tragedy that ensues changes history.
O’Nan’s first book, and only collection of short stories, In the Walled City, was awarded the 1993 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Many of the stories in that collection also originally appeared in publications such as Ascent (the short story “Econoline”), Columbia (the short story “The Third of July”), Jam To-Day (the short story “Mr Wu Thinks”), The Nebraska Review (the short story “Winter Haven), Northwest Review (the short story “The Finger”), The South Dakota Review (the short story “The Calling”) and The Threepenny Review (the short story “Steak”).