Shani Boianjiu was born in Jerusalem in 1987. She served in the Israeli Defense Forces for two years. Her fiction has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Zoetrope and Vice. Shani is the youngest recipient ever of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35, and THE PEOPLE OF FOREVER ARE NOT AFRAID is her first novel. She lives in Israel.
Yael, Avishag and Lea grow up together in a tiny, dusty Israeli village, attending a high school made up of caravan classrooms, passing notes to each other to alleviate the universal boredom of teenage life. When they are conscripted into the army, their lives change in unpredictable ways, influencing the women they become and the friendship that they struggle to sustain.