“An extraordinary maelstrom of mind and sensation.”
- Cynthia Ozick
“ … haunting portraits of expats at the intersection of history, sex, and war.” - Dorit Rabinyan
SNAFU and other stories
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.
$14.75 paperback, 214 pages
Published September 22, 2014
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Miryam Sivan is a former New Yorker who lives in the Galilee. The contrasts between the concretized cityscape of the first part of her life and the bucolic landscape in which she now lives are a continual source of bafflement, wonder, and inspiration for her. She teaches at the University of Haifa and writes fiction that tries to make sense of the four dimensions of muddle in that tight corner of the world.
Sivan's short stories have come out in American and British journals. This is her first published collection.