Searching for Zion
Searching for Zion

Searching for Zion

  • Publish Date: 2014-02-11
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Emily Raboteau
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A brilliant illustration of the ways in which race is an artificial construct that like beauty is often a matter of perspective The Wall Street Journal Frank and expansive Each impressionistic deeply personal vignette is a building block detailing Raboteau s far flung search for home a promised land that s as brick and mortar tangible as it is spiritually confirming Chicago Tribune A decade in the making Emily Raboteau s Searching for Zion takes readers around the world on an unexpected adventure of faith Both one woman s quest for a place to call home and an investigation into a people s search for the Promised Land this landmark work of creative nonfiction is a trenchant inquiry into contemporary and historical ethnic displacement At twenty three Raboteau traveled to Israel to visit her childhood best friend While her friend appeared to have found a place to belong Raboteau couldn t relate As a biracial woman from a country still divided along racial lines she d never felt at home in America unable to find her Zion which she defined as a metaphor for freedom But in Israel the Jewish Zion Raboteau was surprised to discover black Jews Inspired by their exodus Raboteau sought out other black communities that had left home in search of a Promised Land Her question for them is the same she asks herself have you found the home you re looking for On this ten year journey back in time and across the globe Raboteau visits Jamaica Ethiopia Ghana and the American South to explore the complex and contradictory perspectives of Black Zionists She talks to Rastafarians African Hebrew Israelites Evangelicals and Ethiopian Jews and Katrina transplants from her own family overturning our ideas of place and patriotism and displacement and dispossession in a disarmingly honest and refreshingly brave take on the pull of the story of Exodus On a ten year quest for the Black Promised Land Emily Raboteau travels from Harlem to Isra

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