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Help Me, Rhonda and Other Stories

Help Me, Rhonda and Other Stories

By David Hornik

The fourteen stories in this collection are roughly evenly divided between those set in Israel and those set in the U.S.; a couple occur in vague, exotic places including an imagined Greenland. The lead--and longest--story, “Help Me, Rhonda,” features two American immigrants in Israel, a man and a woman, the former divorced and the latter single, who meet by chance and try to navigate the difficult maze of fear, doubt, and need that their encounter prompts in them. Other stories as well put romance, or failed romance, front and center--the quest for harmony and understanding amid dissonance and confusion. And still other stories are about a different kind of quest, dealing with mystical aspiration and the yearning for transcendence. This collection takes you where you don't expect to go, ranging from the straightforwardly realistic to the fantastical, from the nitty-gritty of life to dreamlike worlds.


Guernica World Editions (World Prose)


164 pages |

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... a compelling and gripping psychological drama ... will keep you engaged from the first page to the last ... the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling .... A well-deserved five stars.

Piaras O Cionnaoith

A skillful blend of political and personal reportage, beautifully and informatively written, and a must-read for anyone who cares about this beleaguered country.

Janice Fiamengo, Frontpage Magazine

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About the author

Born to Austrian Jewish immigrants in New York City, P. David Hornik grew up near Albany, NY. Following an MA in English at Binghamton University, he worked as an editor and writer before moving to Israel in 1984. In Israel he has worked as an editor, translator (Hebrew to English), and writer. He currently lives in Beersheba and has three grown children who live in Tel Aviv.