The Women My Father Knew

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A literary mystery, set in New York City and bohemian Tel Aviv, by one of Israel’s most admired popular authors.
After his successful first novel, Meir suffers writer’s block. Then his father, poet and charmer of women, who supposedly died decades earlier, contacts him and they arrange to meet. Fragmented, troubling memories of a forgotten childhood time spent alone with his father rise to Meir’s consciousness. Swirling floodwater, a man hiding from the Gestapo, a woman ...

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Overview

A literary mystery, set in New York City and bohemian Tel Aviv, by one of Israel’s most admired popular authors.
After his successful first novel, Meir suffers writer’s block. Then his father, poet and charmer of women, who supposedly died decades earlier, contacts him and they arrange to meet. Fragmented, troubling memories of a forgotten childhood time spent alone with his father rise to Meir’s consciousness. Swirling floodwater, a man hiding from the Gestapo, a woman flirting, a bloodstained sheet. What happened during that time, and why did his father disappear? While solving these riddles of the past, Meir inhabits the borderland between memory and artistic creation. There he finds emotions so deeply tangled in his being that they can only be expressed through art. He begins to write again—a story of a loving son who witnessed a seduction and perhaps also a murder.

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Editorial Reviews

Modern Hebrew Literature
“Liebrecht delves into the archaeological layers of her characters . . . She empathizes and she loves them—and love is contagious.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892553563
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Savyon Liebrecht lives in Tel Aviv and frequently lectures throughout the United States. Her novels A Man and a Woman and a Man and The Women My Father Knew, and her story collection A Good Place for the Night, are all published by Persea Books.

Sondra Silverston has lived in Israel since 1970. Among her translations are fiction by contemporary Israeli authors Eshkol Nevo, Etgar Keret, Savyon Liebrecht, and Aharon Megged.

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Table of Contents

All the Right Friends

Vanilla Sky soundtrack 4

At My Most Beautiful

Up 10

Daysleeper

Up 14

(Don't Go Back to) Rockville

Reckoning 20

Drive

Automatic for the People 26

Driver 8

Fables of the Reconstruction 32

Electrolite

New Adventures in Hi-Fi 37

Everybody Hurts

Automatic for the People 42

Fall on Me

Lifes Rich Pageant 50

The Great Beyond

Man on the Moon soundtrack 134

Imitation of Life

Reveal 70

It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Document 76

Losing My Religion

Out of Time 84

Man on the Moon

Automatic for the People 55

Nightswimming

Automatic for the People 90

The One I Love

Document 140

Orange Crush

Green 98

Perfect Circle

Murmur 104

Radio Free Europe

Murmur 112

Shiny Happy People

Out of Time 107

The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite

Automatic for the People 150

So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)

Reckoning 116

Stand

Green 120

Supernatural Superserious

Accelerate 126

Until the Day Is Done

Accelerate 143

What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

Monster 160

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