Ayelet Gundar-Goshen. The Liar and the City

The narrative follows Nuphar, an ordinary girl who works in an ice-cream parlor during the summer. Dozens of customers come in every day, but no one gives Nuphar a second look - she is not one of those girls that the eye lingers on. But everything changes when Avishai Milner comes into the ice-cream parlor. An embittered reality-show runaway, he insults and humiliates her. Deeply offended, Nuphar rushes out to the backyard, and Avishai—who is still waiting for his change—chases after her. “Leave me alone!” she cries with all her 17 mediocre years’ worth of hurt and frustration. Her screams alert the townsfolk, and to her surprise everyone is convinced that Avishai tried to sexually assault her. Now, for the first time in her life, Nuphar finds herself the center of attention. The support that she receives from the community turns her into a kind of Cinderella and the ice-cream salesgirl becomes a Media Princess. But the magic of this Cinderella story comes from her lies about an attack that did not actually happen.

Title The Liar and the City
Author’s Last Name Gundar-Goshen
Author's First Name Ayelet
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Achuzat Bayit
Year of Publication (Hebrew) forthcoming
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Shakranit Ve-Ha-Ir
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

English: London, Pushkin, forthcoming; New York, Little, Brown, forthcoming

German: Zurich,Kein & Aber, 2017

Italian: Florence, Giuntina, forthcoming

Dutch: Amsterdam, Atlas, forthcoming

French: Paris, Presses de la Cité, forthcoming

Korean: Seoul, Open Books, forthcoming