A traumatized American living on a kibbutz is drawn to a stray dog. An artist meets her lover during a missile attack. A pregnant woman consumed by the legacy of her grandparents’ generation sits shiva with Kafka’s grandson. From New York City to Haifa and Tel Aviv, from Afghanistan to the Galilee, Miryam Sivan presents a dozen stories of women and men experiencing cross-cultural pollination and coping with the very serious business of war and love. History, dogs, obsession, religion, and the lost promise of romance weave their way through tales of mad partners, passionate lovers, wearied fighters, and folk just trying to make it through.
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About the Author
Miryam Sivan is a former New Yorker who has lived in Israel for more than twenty years. She teaches literature and writing at the University of Haifa and has published scholarly articles and a book length study of Cynthia Ozick's fiction, Belonging Too Well (SUNY, 2009). Much of her fiction is about the experiences of ex-pats in love, in flux, in the liminal space between cultures, languages, and historical epochs. Her short fiction has appeared in various journals in the US and UK. A collection, SNAFU and Other Stories, was published in 2014 (Cuidono Press).