Ayelet Waldman Finds Fresh Jewish Identity in New Novel

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.


‘Love and Treasure’ author Ayelet Waldman. (photo credit: Reenie Raschke)

Author Ayelet Waldman will be arriving in Jerusalem in mid-May for the International Writers’ Festival just as her new novel, “Love and Treasure,” comes out in Hebrew. She’s unreservedly positive about her Israeli publisher’s timing, but somewhat less so about her visit to Israel, the country of her birth. It will be her first time back in 22 years.

Her relationship with the Jewish State is complicated, as is her sense of Jewish identity.

“This two-week trip is going to be fraught as hell,” Waldman tells The Times of Israel during an interview in the book-filled Berkeley, California house she shares with her Pulitzer Prize-winning husband author Michael Chabon and their four children.

The purpose of the interview is to discuss “Love and Treasure,” which is about the Hungarian Gold Train, a Berlin-bound Nazi-operated train carrying stolen property (including fine art and expensive jewelry) of Hungarian Jews that was intercepted by American forces in Austria in 1945.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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