Laura Blumenfeld was a junior at Harvard when her
father was shot and almost killed by a Palestinian terrorist in 1986.
Her inspiration for this book came from a poem she wrote in which she
vowed to find the gunman and avenge the attack. In the course of her
research, one question haunted her: Could she make her father human in
the gunman's eyes? Perhaps, she thought, but only if she hid her
identity from him. He would come to know her and her father, only if he
did not know who they really were.
In the end Blumenfeld realized it was the very nature of the near miss
that allowed her to entertain thoughts of vengeance. It was a blow she
thought she could return.
Blumenfeld reported Revenge
during a year-long sabbatical from The
Washington Post, where she is now a writer at large. She says
that journalism gave her just enough distance and legitimacy to pursue
this very personal and potentially dangerous story. "Every time I
walked along the edge of the gorge approaching the house where the
gunman's family lived, I was dizzy with nerves. The only way I could
coax myself up the steps was to tell myself, 'This is just a story.'"
She lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her
husband and children.