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Fiction Short Stories (single Author)

The Best Place On Earth

by (author) Ayelet Tsabari

Publisher
HarperCollins
Initial publish date
Jul 2015
Category
Short Stories (single author)
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781443411974
    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781443411950
    Publish Date
    Mar 2013
    List Price
    $24.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443411967
    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
    List Price
    $16.99

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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 was born in Israel to a large family of Yemeni descent. She wrote her first story in English in 2007. She is the author of The Art of Leaving, winner of the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Memoir, finalist for the Writer's Trust Hilary Weston Prize, finalist for the Vine Awards for Nonfiction, and an Apple Books, CBC Books, and Kirkus Review Best Book of 2019. Her first book, The Best Place On Earth, won both the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, was a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and Kirkus Review Best Book of 2016, and has been published internationally. Her translations appeared in the New Quarterly, Berlin Quarterly, Paper Brigade, and Mantis. She teaches creative writing at The University of King's College MFA, the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA, and at Tel Aviv University. She lives in Toronto.

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User Reviews

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.

Loved it!

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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