Metaphors for Love

Metaphors for Love

by Tilya Gallay Helfield


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They say that when families fall out, it's usually about money, but money is often just a metaphor for love. A lot of attention was paid to money in Ruth's family - the spending, or rather lack of spending of it, during the Depression followed by six long years of war. But there are other metaphors for love in these stories: an inheritance, a bicycle, an altered dress, a jar of pickles, a pair of nylon stockings. METAPHORS FOR LOVE is a collection of twenty linked short stories (nine of which have been published previously) that reads as a novel. It begins during WWII, when Ruth was a seven-year-old girl living in Ottawa in a close-knit Jewish community. Many of the stories take place during Ruth's adolescence, but they also move back and forth in time, over a period of decades, describing the lives of her eccentric grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles, neighbours and siblings. These stories are by turns dramatic, heartbreaking, humorous and poignant, with spectres of death and war honing some to an unexpected sharp edge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935437949
Publisher: Imago Press
Publication date: 03/15/2015
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Tilya Gallay Helfield was born and raised in Ottawa, lived for
many years in Montreal, and now resides in Toronto.
Nine of the chapters in Metaphors for Love have been published
as short stories (see copyright page for credits). Tilya’s short stories
and essays have also appeared in TV Guide, Viewpoints, and
Monday Morning. For several years she wrote a weekly humorous
column for The Sunday Express and The Suburban, in Montreal
Tilya earned an MA and BA (English Literature) from
McGill University and a BFA with distinction from Concordia
She is also a multi-media artist who has participated in 16 solo
and more than 75 juried group exhibitions in Canada, the U.S.,
Spain, Brazil, Japan, and Korea, and has won several awards. Her
work can be found in 27 public collections, and in private collections
in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Samples of her artwork can be
seen on her website (

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