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The Photographer’s Wife

The Photographer’s Wife

Author(s): Suzanne Joinson

Location(s): Israel, Palestine

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 20th century

It is 1920, and Palestine has just fallen into the hands of the British. 11 year old English girl Prudence is sent to Jerusalem to live with her father, a government architect who plans on redesigning the Holy City. As her father is always busy with work, Prudence spends her time strolling the city of Jerusalem, taking photographs, a hobby she picked up from a the wife of one of her dad’s colleagues, and a woman who she deeply admires.

During her time in Jerusalem during the British Mandate, Prudence is affronted for the first time with many realities of colonialism and political tensions between people, particularly between the British and the independence fighters. She also comes across tensions between the first wave of Jewish immigrants and the locals, and she captures as much of it as she can in her innocent yet alert child’s brain. And in her camera.

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