I want to grow backwards: The Makings of a Jewish Colonialist

I want to grow backwards: The Makings of a Jewish Colonialist

by Cassandra Melnik


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In flight from flaccid early 1960's England, flaky Kate Speed lands up in Jerusalem. The child and grandchild of Jewish communists, she knows that her place is always on the opposing side. This does not sit comfortably with her life in Israel after the June 1967 war, and she is forced to conform to a society that she comes to despise.

"I Want to Grow Backwards" is about what happens in real life when you tinker with your most cherished beliefs. Oscillating between London and Jerusalem - and a sudden island in the Indian Ocean - Kate comes to realize that home is very different from one's nation, and sanity depends on where you live.

A dense, and often funny, story of political dissonance, subversive sex, alienation, and ineluctable mental illness - and the state of modern Israel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781470111083
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/29/2012
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Cassandra Melnik worked for many years as a copy editor until she got fed up with it, and decided that she could write better stuff herself. She lives with her male partner in Jerusalem, which she still prefers to Tel Aviv. She has two cats and two daughters. Cassandra Melnik writes short stories, swims ocasionally, and has no hobbies.

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