The Pale of Settlement

University of Georgia Press  2007

These short stories meander through time, back three generations, from a daughter to her mother to her mother’s mother, and back again. Susan, the American daughter of Israeli parents, struggles between cultures in the process of looking for herself—the same challenge undertaken by her mother as a young married emigrant in America and by her grandmother as a pioneer in the newly established State of Israel after the Holocaust. Singer explores each woman through her relationships, those that persist and those that fail, those that change and those that never even begin. Indeed, every story tells us a truth personal yet universal, relevant, and lasting.

A winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, Singer writes clearly, succinctly, and effectively. The characters are believable, and the stories uplifting but realistic. Modern issues—terrorism and the second Lebanon war—intrude, but do not overwhelm, a testament to Singer’s skill and artistry. Note.

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