Storm of Terror:
A Hebron Mother's Diary
Leavitt, who grew up in a wealthy Jewish family on Long Island, emigrated to Israel in 1979, where she lives with her husband, three sons, and two daughters. Her deeply moving diary begins on September 30, 2000, and ends on February 15, 2002. The author, a teacher, worries about her children: one daughter takes part in riots in which her sister, a soldier, has to help quell. She fears that the family could be injured or killed while riding in a bus or a car, or even in their home. She recalls going to the funerals of friends and neighbors who were killed by terrorists and not being able to sleep because of the noise of gun battles. After one night of fighting between Israelis and Arabs, she observes: "I am no longer in a clear frame of mind. I am mindful only of bullets, hatred, fear, and not knowing." Leavitt, who has written previous books in four languages, presents a searing account of living in a land without peace. --George Cohen, American Library Association
"A deeply moving diary.... A searing account of living in a land without peace."- Booklist
"Because of the times in which we live, it is a terrifying book to read. This is June Leavitt's diary of her life and family in Israel." -Lee D. Fitzgerald, Roanoke Times
"She chronicles the events of the two and a half years with faultless accuracy, her keen writer's ear and eye recording each horrendous detail." -Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
A moving and beautifully written family portrait of the complexity, the humanity, the danger of everyday settler life on the West Bank." -Robert Lipsyte, New York Times columnist.
"The surprise and value of Leavitt's book lie in its ability to complicate all the conventional images of settlers."
"Extremely readable, even magnetic...a truly powerful work, beautifully constructed and written...her writing borders on the poetic."-Jerusalem Post
"This book achieves its most intense and revealing moments because Leavitt resolutely stays with the daily details."—-Moment
"Dynamite. I was hoping something like this would come out of all that madness." -John Underwood
"The real power of the narrative is its honesty."-Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
Other Reviews of Storm of Terror: A Hebron Mother's Diary
Tom Brokaw Nightly News, "A Hebron Mother's Diary," Nov. 19, 2002.
New York Daily News , Book Excerpt. "A Mother's Fear." Sunday Oct. 27, 2002, 40-41.
Newsday Part 2 Cover story. "A West Bank Mother's Diary." Oct. 9, 2002. B 6-B8
Mitch Albom Show, ABC Radio. "June Leavitt: A Hebron Mother's Diary." Oct. 24, 200
Leonard Lopate Show, NY & Co. "An Interview with June Leavitt." Oct. 30, 2002