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A Father's Secrets begins with Ben-Tov's discovery, after her father's death, that he built Israel's first rocket, and was part of a secret group of scientists who developed weaponry during Israel's war of independence in 1948. Traveling to Israel, Dr. Ben-Tov interviews the Science Corps, whose story has never been told for security reasons. She returns to the United States with an unexpected inheritance of both national and family histories. She delves into questions of identity, heritage, and memory, involving her own life as well as her father's career as a freelance medical inventor. Her odyssey leads her to a new understanding of the role of creative vision and of our relationship to the natural order.

Publication Date

Spring 4-20-2001


Creative Writing, English

A Father's Secrets