Shelly Oria: New York 1 Tel Aviv 0

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Reading it It s a pretty sexy book While the characters are lonely and stymied in various ways at least most of them are getting some I liked that some of the stories rather delicately reflect a modern Israeli American experience which is something I ve never read about in literary fiction before There s no pretension to represent anyone or summarize Israelis in America into a socialpolitical phenomenon that says something in particular which I appreciate Still there s resonance there that is specific and interestingI liked the longer stories better with the exception of Wait short and wonderful The ones with less standard form or fantastical content seem to be slipping away from me already But there are many strong stories including the last oneMany of the stories involve non heterosexual and fluid sexuality especially between women which the author seems to write about with some authority authority on messed up ueer relationships that is not in an academic sense One thing I noticed was that two of the stories New York 1 Tel Aviv 0 and The Thing About Sophia are inhabited by one dimensional lesbian manic pixie dream girls I didn t know that this was an archetype that permeates the ueer community as well but apparently it is and it s ust as annoyingStill recommended Shelley Oria who writes in English even though she grew up speaking Hebrew has no problems in the writing department which is tight and free of affectations sometimes even surprising witty and deep with a slight lilt of foreignness which is captivating This is a gorgeous book As I enter the fitting room I close the door and stand in my underwear in front of the mirror afraid I want to feel that my life cannot go on without this dress It s a beige dress with a white collar There are tiny white butterflies all over but you need to look closely to see I slow down slow down slow down But I can t slow down enough The moment still comes when I try it on and don t fall in love Falling in love never comes easy to me I look at my disappointment I say to my disappointment Let s keep trying There is no intention in me when I say it no truth But I say it again because even the worst lie turns real if you repeat it enough Let s keep trying Here s the voice I have been looking for These stories are captivating and original With my favorites being My Wife in Converse Maybe in a Different Time This Way I Don t Have to Be and the ultimate deliciously devastating Wait What a collection While my enjoyment of this collection was complete so it s really neither here nor there the title story was my least favorite and I guess I mention this in case another reader has a similar experience the title story being the first one in the book I ust encourage you to please please please read on This is a great voice a wonderful writer saying so much about our current times without a soapbox to be seen. In New York; and a sex worker falls in love with the Israeli photographer who studies herThe stories in this ambitious and exciting debut share a prevailing sense of existential strangeness otherworldliness and the search to belong while the altering of time and space and memory creates unexpected magic And yet there is something entirely familiar about the experiences of these characters who are so brilliantly and subtly rendered by Shelly Oria’s capable min.

I really wanted to like it I wanted to find a connection to any character or any one of the short stories which is why I kept picking it up and thinking the next short story may grab me I m not a critic and I m no expert so don t take my word for it The first thing you notice about the work of Shelly Oria is her voice how it crackles the syntax startling in a way that s almost reminiscent of Etgar Keret and yet Keret s voice I ve only read in translation which makes Oria s even striking Her original English shimmers with the hint of another tongue in both rhythm and diction all of which lends refreshing wit to her prose I cannot say enough about her language how crisp and rich it is rife with offhand wisdom at once playful and possessed with an honesty that makes you think pen giddy from highlighting lines that capture the absurdity of The American Way When there s no miscalculation involved too much food is simply called supper Full review of this collection at Trop Mag Found the stories to be hits or misses Loved the idea from the second to last story My Wife in Converse that the past does not so much tell us about the future as our future will help us better understand our past That ll stick with me for a while The love and sex lives of commitment averse young Israeli ex pats in New York In addition to the Russian and Persian contributions to Jewish American immigrant fiction in recent years we now have an Israeli too But unlike the Persians and to a lesser extent the Russians young single Israelis can go back and forth between their native and adoptive countries without having t I really hated the first few stories and almost gave up on the book I muscled through because it was harder than you d think to find an author with my same initials for the 2015 reading challenge The later stories were better but I felt This collection of stories is a good representation of the mentality of the writer s generation It has some brilliant moments and strong sentences but is not even in the level of stories Some have magical realism elements in them which I usually dislike and mostly did here Many deal with LGBT and alternative romantic and sexual relationships which I know nothing about and therefore found it hard to relate to Belonging to a different older generation I don t think I fully understood some of the decisions and behaviors some of the characters displayed I enjoyed some of the insights about Israel but thought others were a little condescending and inaccurate stereotypes than realities In short I am ambivalent about this book It has its merits but maybe it s not exactly for me I usually don t love short stories in rerospect as much as novels ust because I easily forget them Just as things are building and you start to get interested there s a tantalizing ending While this collection elicits those same feelings I still enjoyed. And charming as they are lonely In some stories realistic urges materialize in magical settings a couple discovers the ability to stop time together; another couple lives in an apartment where only one of them can hear a constant beeping while the other must try to believe In other stories a nameless voice narrates the arc of a love affair through a list of the couple’s best and worst kisses; a father leaves his daughter in Israel to pursue a painting career.

Much like the last book I read RED CLOCKS by Leni Zumas I m rating this one a low four And I m doing so for similar reasonsThese stories are largely stream of consciousness light on the physical detail and narrative exposition I feel like I should be open to this in the short form but I don t really think it s for me Oria writes stories like Documentation and Fully Zipped which uses headers to delineate between different kisses that a couple shares or a woman s experience with salespersons in the dressing room And that s the crux of itAs always the stories that stick with me are the most graspable and traditional In the titular story New York 1 Tel Aviv 0 the protagonist is in a polygamous relationship and negotiating her place between a woman who always wants and a man who really only wants the other woman In The Disneyland of Albany which I think might be my favorite story a man chases his dream across continents to be recognized as an artist but his patrons are only interested in his political situation and his family is moving on without him And in This Way I Don t Have To Be a grief counselor sleeps with married men to assuage her own loneliness and a female friend tries to impart her own brand of counseling Thematically besides loneliness a lot of the stories with meat on their bones deal with Tel Avivians in New York facing different realities Some of the shorter stories do that as well The one that stuck with me the most was Tzfirah where the second person narrator ruminates on sirens in Israel and how they signify both memorial and the warning of hostilities Many of the other short stories are about interior emotions and although I could relate perhaps the broader conflict gave me something tangibleWhich leads me to the point that this is the short of stream of consciousness that can be taxing to read rambling paragraphs without uotation marks for dialogue That last one is a personal pet peeveThere was one longer magical realism story that actually worked decently well for me The Beginning of a Plan where the protagonist discovers that she can stop time The worldly ramifications for that such as Oria explains some of them are about as deep as a piece of paper but I liked it for the metaphor of relationships and personal desireSo I feel like the emotions were real I especially like the space afforded to bisexual women but the execution wasn t to my taste Thank you to GoodReads First Reads for sending me a complimentary copy of this bookThis is my first review I never write reviews but winners are asked to write reviews to show appreciation to the publisher for sending a free copy With that said I m probably not the best person to ask to write a review on this book as I did not connect with itatall I did not look forward to picking it up to find out what happened next I didn t like the writing style I ust didn t like it at all. Sharply observed beautifully rendered stories about gender sexuality and nationality by a fresh new voiceThe stories in New York 1 Tel Aviv 0 speak to a contemporary generation and explore the tension between an anonymous globalized world and an irrepressible lust for connection The result is an intimate document of niche moments when relationships either run their course take flight or enter holding patternsThe characters in this collection are as intelligent.

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Shelly Oria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Israel Her short story collection New York 1 Tel Aviv 0 came out from FSG and Random House Canada in November 2014 Shelly's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review McSweeney's fivechapters and Electric Lit's Recommended Reading among other places and won the Indiana Review Fiction Prize a Sozopol Fiction Seminars Fellowship in Bulgaria