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category: Fiction
published: July 2015
ISBN:9781443411967
publisher: HarperCollins

The Best Place On Earth

by Ayelet Tsabari

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short stories (single author)
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list price: $16.99
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
category: Fiction
published: July 2015
ISBN:9781443411967
publisher: HarperCollins
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“Tsabari’s characters will step off the page to captivate readers.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Confident, original and humane, these stories are peopled with characters at the crossroads of nationalities, religions and communities: expatriates, travellers, immigrants and locals. The Best Place on Earth illuminates the tenuous connections—forged, frayed and occasionally destroyed—between cultures, between generations and across the gulf of transformation and loss.

In the powerfully affecting opening story, “Tikkun,” a chance meeting between a man and his former lover carries them through near tragedy and into unexpected peace. In “Casualties,” Tsabari takes us into the military—a world every Israeli knows all too well—with a brusque, sexy young female soldier who forges medical leave forms to make ends meet.

Poets, soldiers, siblings and dissenters, the protagonists here are mostly Israelis of Mizrahi background (Jews of Middle Eastern and North African descent) whose stories have rarely been told in literature. In illustrating the lives of those whose identities swing from fiercely patriotic to powerfully global, Ayelet Tsabari explores Israeli history even as she reveals the universality of war, love, heartbreak and hope.

About the Author

Ayelet Tsabari

AYELET TSABARI’s debut story collection, The Best Place on Earth, won the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award. The book was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published internationally to great acclaim. Excerpts from The Art of Leaving have won a National Magazine Award, a Western Magazine Award and an Edna Staebler Award. She is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a graduate of both the Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph. Tsabari teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Education.

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Stories about Israelis of Yemeni descent

There's an intensity to Tsabari's stories that probably mimics the experience of life in contemporary Israel. I loved the glimpses they gave into the inner and outer worlds of her characters.

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Fabulous short story collection by Yemeni-Israeli-Canadian author Ayelet Tsabari. Takes place in different parts of Israel. Each story pulses, full of life. Highly recommended!

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