The Worlds We Think We Know by Dalia Rosenfeldt

 

 

Perhaps what there is to know has been under our noses all along.  In the title story in this debut collection of twenty short stories, the narrator, a young American woman living in Israel, falls in love with a man she learns is the son of the gentleman her job is to interview.  As she comes to know the taciturn old man through his soldier son, the narrator falls in love with the pair of them, the chance to unlock their secrets bit by bit.  Subtle revelation rather than nonstop action drives these stories.  Rosenfeldt sets seemingly disparate “primal elements” — vegetables, window screens, a hospital gown, piano lessons, a sigh, a pastry, soup, a pebble in a shoe, a doppelganger, a painting — alongside one another in quirky new compositions for us to interpret.  Think Judy Budnitz and Molly Antopol.  With punchy prose, Rosenfeldt invites readers to set aside what we think we know and pay attention to what calls to us, “look at me: I have tapped you on the shoulder and you have stopped.”   Milkweed Editions

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Author: marilivtollefson

I teach and play violin when not reading and reviewing books. Thanks to indie authors for opening my world and sharing theirs! Find my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, Midwest Book Review and BookPage, among others.

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