The Messenger by Phoebe Farber
Anat is the director of The Family Circle Nursery School. She grew up on a farm in the north of Israel, but hasn’t been back in many years, and rejects her connection to home. Unlike Trish, the warm and fuzzy head teacher at the school, Anat is tough, impatient, abrasive, and the parents are terrified of her. When a mysterious handy man appears to fix the many repairs needed at the school, Anat is suspicious. Is he a can man? A spy? As the school prepares for a state inspection, Anat and Trish must work together to save the school from getting shut down. In the process, Anat is forced to confront her shameful past in Israel and make peace with herself. The Messenger explores the ideas of forgiveness, shame and the challenges of reconciling the crimes we have committed.