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Winner of the 2016 Golden Crown Literary Society Award.

Runner Up for the 2015 Rainbow Award.

This sweeping novel follows childhood sweethearts Rona and Shelli as they come of age and face impossible choices. Passion and heartbreak come alive in this lyrical exploration of love, friendship, and family in Israel.

A Small Country about to Vanish is Rona and Shelli's love-hate relationship with an ancient piano, each other and their difficult homeland - a country physically too small and politically too volatile to maintain its own existence.

Wise and compassionate Rona believes in fairness and equality and shows a rare ability to feel empathy for her supposed enemies, while her friends and family want security first. Shelli, an avid reader of Holocaust literature, raises old but relevant questions. Must history repeat itself? How do we know when the political pot of hatred has boiled beneath us, making it necessary to leave our belongings behind and relocate, to save ourselves and our family?

©2015 Victoria Pniel (P)2016 Victoria Pniel

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  • 28-09-18

Stunningly Beautiful

My heart is aching having finished this book; partly that there is no more and partly from how wonderful it is and what it made me feel.

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  • 23-12-16

Wonderful story brought alive!

Victoria Avilan's novel is packed with insights details of what it means to be Jewish. It is the author's homage to her heritage. Christine Williams' amazing dramatization brings the characters to life. One feels just like one is there with Rona and Shelly in their journey through Christine's beautiful narration.

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  • 09-01-17

Love always fiinds away

Gives you hope, beautiful story set I'm a back ground of truth. Amazing story. A story take into your heart and hold.