by Hannah Pressman

Imperfect Homes

New works in translation by Israeli women writers

Real estate and its associated aspirations lie at the heart of both Eden, by Yael Hedaya, and Every House Needs a Balcony, by Rina Frank. Hedaya provides a searing portrayal of a contemporary bourgeois bedroom community built alongside a decaying Israeli agricultural settlement. Frank documents a Romanian family’s struggle to establish roots in Haifa shortly after the founding of the State. As competing pressures — economic, biological, political, romantic — threaten their closely guarded hopes and dreams, the characters in these works strain to turn their undesirable or problematic houses into homes.

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