An idealistic young woman soldier is
posted to a community in southern Israel to serve as a teacher in the local
school. She is given the rowdiest class and breaks down during her first lesson.
A Canadian pediatrician and geneticist comes to a small underprivileged town in
Israel where she grew up, and suggests setting up a treatment center for autistic
children to the mayor. An ultra-Orthodox woman in Jerusalem visits her
homosexual son in a hospice where he is dying of leukemia, after years where
there has been no contact between them. A small fair-haired street boy whose
life is a constant struggle to survive waits in vain for his father, who has
disappeared. An Israeli tourist in Italy looks for the Roma woman who saved her
life in Auschwitz. In the title story, a Polish family appropriates an
abandoned Jewish home during the Holocaust, after its owners have been sent to
their death. The mother finds a pearl necklace hidden in a closet, but is too
frightened to wear it openly. Years later, her daughter dares to wear it on a
visit to Israel. But no one comes up to her to claim ownership.
The stories in this incisive
collection explore the interface between the prosperous center of Israel and its
less affluent periphery, from a cultural and psychological perspective. They
peek into the world of the marginalized, minorities and the weak. Even after
the protagonists escape and improve their lot, memories of the past continue to
haunt them. This collection shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that Liebrecht
is a master of short story writing.
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A genuine masterpiece. … Eminently literary. … The writer
and her work deserve recognition. ... When you come
to the final pages of “Pearls in Daylight” you are no longer the same person who
started that book. You know that what you read is real art - because it
Savyon Liebrecht has once again done what she has always done best:
Little tales, gems, perfect for what they are. All of them are full of
characters who arouse empathy and compassion and an Israeli reality which often
tries to crush them. It is as if early Amos Oz meets early Alice Munro with
touches of Paul Auster and a light sprinkling of the dust of the Israeli
periphery… It is a smooth read … Liebrecht is a superb storyteller … A quality
book, well written and well told.
Raanan Shaked, E-vrit
The stories in this collection are a sublime embodiment of the genre of the short story – and this is without speaking about the other qualities of Liebrecht as a storyteller, such as her clear prose style and the emotional exactitude.
Tsur Ehrlich, Makor Rishon
Liebrecht has not lost the high technical level that characterized her at the outset of her career. Each one of the stories in the collection, which are connected tenuously to each other, could serve as an example to anyone wanting to learn how to write a short story along classical lines.
Yiftach Ashkenazy, Mako
Each of her short stories
has the feel of a movie. The reader sees the heroes in his or her imagination,
the plot is always compelling, and her writing is amazing.
Yael Chen, Prestige.co.il
A quality-literature reading
Dvora Ram, Kivun Hadash
Heartbreaking and heartwarming short stories. Perfect.
Dana Glikman Dotan,Wordpress
Into the title story, “Pearls in Daylight,” Savyon
Liebrecht crams into one breathtaking tale what the Poles did to themselves in
their crimes against the Jews.
Miri Paz, Mida