Tuttle-Singer, Sarah. “Jerusalem, Drawn and Quartered: One Woman’s Year in the Heart of the Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish Quarters of Old Jerusalem”, Skyhorse Publishing, 2018.
Sarah Tuttle-Singer lives in Jerusalem within the Old City’s walls, right at the heart of the four quarters: Christian, Muslim, Armenian, and Jewish. The Old city is a piece of spiritual real estate and over time
empires have clashed and crumbled over it. Today, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians plays out daily the streets. But Jerusalem is a regular city as well and the ancient stones run with blood. But it’s also an ordinary city, where people buy groceries, raise children and spend their lives.
Time is measured in Sabbath sunsets and morning bells and calls to prayer, in stabbing attacks and in check points and keeping the holidays in each quarter and sharing the stories that make Jerusalem so special, and so exquisitely ordinary.
If you have ever wondered who really lives in Israel and how they do, then this is a book for you. It combines the personal and political, “the heartwarming and the heart-stopping”. The Old City of Jerusalem is set in stone, but it’s always changing.
Tuttle-Singer’s voice sends out chills and kisses as she her city. She tells of the complexity of loving a city that is so embattled, so diverse, and so difficult. This is her Jerusalem love letter and “a declaration of frustration; a poem and a song; a masterpiece of confusion and undying affection.” She brings us Jerusalem in “all its ugliness and beauty, darkness and light, bad and good” and she does so with the honest, funny, and sad stories of her life and of the city”.