by Miriam Sivan

Transplants, in Israel and America

The title of this intelligent collection of short stories by Naama Goldstein, The Place Will Comfort You (Scribner, $22), is ironic. The place referred to is the land of Israel, to which one does not merely immigrate, but to which one “ascends.” And one does not simply decide to leave, but to “descend.” Appropriately, these are also the book’s two section headings. The phrase in Hebrew is also the traditional one addressed to someone in mourning, using the ritual name of God as “place”: “Hamakom yenahem etkhem….”

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