An Israeli-American Writer's Tale of Two Cities

Shelly Oria has spent half of her life in Israel, the other half in the United States. Her first collection of short stories, 'New York 1, Tel Aviv 0,' reflects her current residence and interest in a new type of identity.

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In a telephone call to New York, I ask Shelly Oria how she appeared on the literary scene out of nowhere. She laughs at my...