Earlier this week, Tehila Lieberman wrote about being “the other,” crossing the borders of radically divergent worlds and two of the short stories from her collection Venus in the Afternoon. She has been blogging here all week for Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning.
Full Disclosure: This conversation has not yet taken place but may, in some variation, in my lifetime.
You’re the daughter in that story and I’m the mother, aren’t I? It’s all because of the night that you wanted to have Helene Rabinowitz (name protected to protect the innocent) sleep over when you were eleven and I said no and so then you went and got that boyfriend, what was his name with that long hair and well, at least he was Jewish and thank god not like that Italian boy you dated, nor a shvartze, pardon me.
You’re actually, believe it or not, not in this piece. Nowhere near it.
And the woman who’s you commits suicide. You know you would never be buried in a Jewish cemetery.
Mother that’s not me and I’m not planning on committing suicide. I’m actually happier than I’ve ever been. See? Big smile.
Why don’t you write like Tova Mirvis? I like her work.
Good, maybe she’ll put herself up for adoption.
Very funny. When did you do the shoplifting?
I told you this is fiction.
Nonsense! There’s no such thing as fiction.
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