Neta`s father has cancer and his days are numbered; he refuses treatment and leaves the house so as not to die in front of his family. Neta, a child, has to live through this interim time between the perfect past and the threatening future.
A young woman falls in love, is disappointed, suffers the death of her mother and copes with her distant father-all under the watchful eye of Bruria, a large, redheaded woman with a production company in the sky. From her computerized monitoring station, it is she and her assistant Simi who create the heroine`s life.
A young man sits in a dark bar on Allenby Street in
Tel Aviv, remembering from his childhood the gallop of an injured horse. In retrospect he sees the tortuous maturation he went through, and finds himself afresh through love.
The characters in these three novellas emerge from shattered worlds to grow and mature, thoughtfully yet with humor.
Shavit`s book has emotional power. Her novellas show respect for human suffering, a desire to dwell in its presence and to present it without sensationalism.
Tel Aviv Poetry Prize:
In a few lines of pure, acute observation Shavit succeeds in painting a picture with all its contrasts- simultaneously colorful and gloomy, capricious and responsible, secular and sacred.
Jury comment, Ynet