Jewish Book Council Review by Maron L. Waxman
Place is the ostensible theme of this collection of short stories by Savyon Liebrecht, an admired and popular Israeli writer, with the title of each story naming its locale—”America,” “Kibbutz,” “Hiroshima,” “Tel Aviv,” “Munich,” “Jerusalem,” and the title story.
But the exactitude of geography offers no anchor to the characters in these stories. In the opening story, America is the imagined place of romance and adventure where the narrator’s mother lives with her new husband, having abandoned the narrator, then a young girl, and her father to a dreary routine existence in Jerusalem. Only many years later does the narrator learn about her mother’s life in America, casting an entirely new light on her life.
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