From the Natan Book Award press release:
Matti Friedman’s Spies of No Country, which will be published by Algonquin Books in Fall 2018, is the recipient of the 2018 Natan Book Award run in partnership with Jewish Book Council (JBC).
The Award, is a pre-publication prize of $25,000 intended to support books that can catalyze important conversations about Jewish life. By focusing on books that have not yet been published, Natan and the JBC help the author to complete his or her work while developing a customized plan to distribute and promote the winning book, particularly in Jewish communities around the world.
In Spies of No Country, Friedman – the award-winning author of The Aleppo Codex and Pumpkinflowers – tells the story of four Jewish men who emigrated from Arab countries to pre-state Israel and were soon recruited into the embryonic Jewish intelligence forces. In addition to revealing a gripping and heretofore untold true-life espionage story, Spies of No Country also offers unique insight into complex issues of Jewish and Israeli identity that are only now beginning to be explored in Israel and in global Jewish communities.
Read more here.