A Cure for Loneliness
The back cover of Shelly Oria’s New York 1, Tel Aviv 0: Stories reads, “Enter the world of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 where the characters are as intelligent and charming as they are lonely” (Amazon). This is indeed true as Oria takes us through seventeen different stories of all kinds of relationships plagued by the natural human desire to be loved. There is a young girl coping with her boyfriend’s love for another, older woman, a sex worker who falls in love with the photographer that studies her, a couple that can stop time, and a father who leaves his family behind in Israel to pursue a painting career in New York.
Oria’s stories feel like an intimate conversation between the reader and the characters because we all understand how massive the world can feel. While noting this fact, Oria uses her stories to show how this massive world can also connect us. Her characters show that while the world continues to grow, the love and lust we look for in others, can make the world feel like its snug tight around us.
If you start to feel lonely, go pick up this book! I assure you, Oria’s writing will keep you warm.