New York : Schocken Books, 2007.
1st American ed.
311 p. ; 25 cm.
Translation of: Yonah ṿe-na`ar.
During the 1948 War of Independence--a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages--a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded. In the moments before his death, he dispatches one last pigeon, carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence. Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of bird-watching tour guide Yair Mendelsohn, who has his own legacy from the 1948 war.