One of my favorite parts about living in New York City is attending readings and book events. If you search hard enough, there’s probably something different you can do each night, if you wanted to. One Wednesday a few months ago I was at Cakeshop on Ludlow for the MIXER Reading Series. The series is co-hosted by one of my favorite writing professors from undergrad, Melissa Febos. At this particular MIXER, I had the privilege of hearing Shelly Oria read some of her short stories. I knew I had to pick up her collection.
New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 pulls you in from the get-go with its brightly colored cover. The stories in these pages are short, but they are full of substance. They are beautiful and unexpected in a myriad of ways. The characters struggle with their identities, and with their hearts, and with beeps of undetermined origins.
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