October 10, 2020
Tehila's short story "Bedtime Story" has won Second Prize in the
Bristol Short Story Prize contest.
Selected from over 2700 international submissions, the top 20 shortlisted stories have been published in the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology.
Venus In The Afternoon
Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Literary Fiction
The short stories in this rich debut collection embody in their complexity Alice Munro’s description of the short story as “a world seen in a quick, glancing light.” In chiseled and elegant prose, Lieberman conjures wildly disparate worlds. A middle aged window washer, mourning his wife and an estranged daughter, begins to grow attached to a young woman he sees through the glass; a writer, against his better judgment, pursues a new relationship with a femme fatale who years ago broke his heart; and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor struggles with the delicate decision of whether to finally ask her aging mother how it was that she survived.
It is all here—the exigencies of love, of lust, the raw, unlit terrain of grief. Whether plumbing the darker depths or casting a humorous eye on a doomed relationship, these stories never force a choice between tragedy and redemption, but rather invite us into the private moments and crucibles of lives as hungry and flawed as our own.
"A bountiful, confident book. Tehila Lieberman trusts her readers to discover that these carefully wrought stories about love, loss, illness, betrayal, all the stuff of life — are also about destiny, and the impossibility of avoiding your fate."
Edith Pearlman, author of Binocular Vision and Recipient of 2011 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.
"Each story in Tehila Lieberman's collection takes the reader on a journey to new and unexpected territory. Lieberman's ability to bring so many places and such a wide variety of characters to life is amazing..
Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection and Insignificant Others