Apples from the Desert by Savyon Liebrecht
Selected Stories (The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Women's Series)

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Savyon Liebrecht's intense, lyrical, and emotionally complex stories have made her a best-selling writer in her native Israel. Her short fiction explores the everyday tragedies that emanate from strained relationships between Arabs and Jews, women and men, older and younger generations in present-day Israel. According to the Washington Post Book World, her "engrossing and skillful tales take you through the lives of real people, to the heart of their emotional and moral being." Liebrecht reveals the impact of larger social and political conflicts within the private world of the home with a precision and a subtle ferocity reminiscent of the work of Nadine Gordimer. "These finely wrought stories of private lives shed light on a terrifying political conflict", notes the New York Times Book Review. "[Liebrecht] takes you places you've never been before." The Helen Rose Scheuer Jewish Woman's Series

About Savyon Liebrecht

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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.
Published April 1, 2000 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 240 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In such skillfully dramatized conflicts as her title story’s portrayal of a lonely mother unhappily enlightened by her daughter’s fulfilling life on a kibbutz, and the tensions between a selfish bride-to-be and her elderly grandfather’s continuing imprisonment by the concentration camp he survive...

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As Grace Paley notes in her foreword to the first English translation of popular Israeli writer Leibrecht's work, these dozen stories are personal--but they are also fierce pleas for understanding a

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In ""A Room on the Roof,"" a young Jewish woman finds herself drawn to the educated and sensitive leader of a group of Arabs she has hired--against her husband's wishes--to build an addition to her house, but prejudice, misunderstanding and fear overcome her attempts to connect with them.

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“They let him talk, blocking his stories from the path to their hearts,” writes the narrator in “Hayuta’s Engagement Party,” one of the 12 stories in this first English translation of Liebrecht’s jolting yet beautifully rendered short fiction, originally published in Hebrew.

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Comprising stories published in Hebrew between 1986 and 1992, this collection introduces Savyon Liebrecht to English readers as a writer who, finely translated, interweaves past and present times, and the coping efforts of Jewish and Arab individuals, families, and communities, in ways that invit...

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Set in Jerusalem in the early 1980s, the story—winner of Israel’s Best Play Award in 2006 and making its professional American debut—follows the tense struggle between strong-willed Rivka and her Orthodox parents, the doting and submissive Victoria (Jennifer Mendenhall) and Reuv...

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