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Two Suns in the Sky

by Miriam Bat-Ami

Two Suns in the Sky Summary

Overview

Two Suns in the Sky is both a historical telling of the Jews' plight in post-World War II America and a love story between two fifteen-year-olds, Christine (Chris) Cook, a Catholic American, and Adam Bornstein, a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Yugoslavia. Adam and his family live with nearly a thousand other refugees in Fort Ontario, a refugee camp in Oswego, New York, and Chris lives in the town of Oswego, among narrow-minded and prejudiced people, like her father, who feel a hostility toward the refugees and a hatred of their culture. Bat-Ami's book is about a culture clash, and it chronicles the tense relations between Jews and Americans at a place and time in history when both groups had to struggle to reconcile two worlds. Chris and Adam ignore the culture clash and create a world of their own when Chris sneaks into the camp, meets Adam, and the two begin a passionate romance. Chris and Adam are not unlike other fictional star-crossed lovers: Romeo and Juliet, Catherine and Heathciff, Pyramus and Thisbe, and Tony and Maria. Their love transcends cultures and religions, and the story of their struggle touches the hearts of anyone wishing to believe in the power of love and hoping to find acceptance and tolerance in a prejudiced world.

(The entire section is 213 words.)