“Hope to See you Soon,” by Revital Horowitz is the beautiful and bittersweet chronicle of a long distance friendship. It depicts with great sensitivity how the different life experiences form the two friends and their relationship with each other.
Set predominantly in Israel and Seattle we get to see a multitude of experiences, perspectives and thoughts. We also get to see a wide range of times and places: From Israel in 1982, military training, kibbutz life, London, Bath to life in contemporary Seattle and Israel.
Seeing Israel from the inside and the outside, identity questions and loyalty – there is a lot that the author explores in her characters.
Being an immigrant myself, I can relate very well to the challenges and experiences described.
The way the story is told can at times be a little challenging as letters alternate with narratives and the author uses time lapses, too. Once I settled into this style of story-telling I found the benefits of it however very rewarding. It allows us better to feel contrast and it highlight thoughts out of a sequential order, something very important in reflective work such as this.
“Hope to See You Soon” has been a captivating read, rich, sentimental and atmospheric, sad and fascinating. A marvellous novel.