"Enriching and filled with
adventures from the road, this historical fiction, set in the sixth century BCE, accompanies a band of Jews leaving exile
in Babylon as they anticipate a fresh start in the land of their forbears."
"All but invisible in biblical prose but a story waiting
to be told, Mindful, by Barbara Green, recounts the little-known journey of exiles
retuning to a homeland they've never seen. A stunning testament to responsible imagination, this is historic fiction
at its finest. Beautifully wrought, the tale starts in the year 535 BCE and follows Tizkor, along with her three children,
as they journey home from exile in Babylon to make a fresh start. The long road skirting the desert's edge and the winter
weather allow them to reflect on their past hardships, present struggles, and dream about what lies ahead as they seek to
reconcile the differences between the lives they have lived and the days which lie before them. Borrowing beloved language
from biblical Deuteronomy, each character shapes his or her own experience through the ancient language, at the same time
enriching it with the insight gained through hardship."
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