Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Three Floors Up

Three Floors up: a Novel / Eshkol Nevo, trans. Sondra Silverston, 283 p.

Three apartments, one on top of the other, three lightly intertwined novellas set in a Tel Aviv suburb.  In each apartment a family is in trouble: infidelity, mental illness, and parent-child estrangement haunt the ground, second and third floors, respectively.  But all three stories use the same frame, that of the main character spilling her guts to an unseen second party.  Very well-told and engrossing reading.  If occasionally the stories feel too neat, that is a minor fault in an entertaining volume.  Very nice slice of Israeli life.

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