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A Mother For Hire

Shimon Zimmer
Shimon Zimmer's stories disclose the ludicrous side of pathetic, if not downright tragic, situations. In "A Half-Birthday Party" a Tel Aviv couple celebrates their son's first half-birthday. The father, with his urinary obsession, is an Israeli version of Philip Roth or Woody Allen characters.
The title story too deals with the fiction of the happy family. The central character, a 47-year-old music teacher, decides to marry. The neurotic link between him and his mother is exposed when he confronts his mother's indifference and decides not to marry. All the stories depict a tightening web of obsessions and the author's deft balancing of empathy and irony. When you laugh, you laugh softly, with sympathy for the human frailties and faltering hopes that Zimmer reveals.

The pure pleasure, a rare intellectual experience."
Yedioth Ahronoth

Precise language and metaphorical transitions that are wild yet carefully controlled.

Zimmer is a fine and promising important literary discovery...characterized by an exquisite sense of humor.
Critic Ran Yagil

Zimmer A Mother For Hire
Title A Mother For Hire
Author’s Last Name Zimmer
Author's First Name Shimon
Genre stories
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1995
No. Pages 222 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ima Lehaskir
Representation Represented by ITHL



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