At eighteen, Paula is already a seasoned traveler, having begun life in war-torn England and crisscrossed the US as a child with her American father, British mother, and identical twin sister. But returning to her tiny hometown in northern California after a year at a London boarding school in her early teens, she yearns for the greater world beyond. Enter a charismatic woman who offers a way out: a year abroad on a kibbutz ulpan (work/study program) in Israel where she can study Hebrew and explore her enigmatic father’s Jewish roots. But Paula has no idea that this quest will change her life forever.
Seduced by her love of the land, the language, and a man, she is soon lured away from her newly adopted country to France. Paula will learn much more than two languages as she emerges from the chrysalis of twinhood and spreads her wings in search of home and self. Spreading her wings, she will learn much more than two languages as she emerges from the chrysalis of twinhood in search of home and self.
Brit.co listed Newcomers in an Ancient Land alongside Eve Ensler's The Apology in a roundup of "7 Non-Fiction Books That Will Give You All the Feels This Summer," 2019