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Kissing a Tree Surgeon

Kissing a Tree Surgeon

By Eleanor Levine

In Kissing a Tree Surgeon, worlds traverse the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in New Jersey. Southern women get kidnapped by North Koreans. A Dutch girl solicits money on OKCupid. A young woman meets Golda Meir on an Upper East Side bus in New York City. A character believes he’s the biological son of Frank Sinatra. Zionist-Hasidic lesbians protest anti-Semitism at a women’s Catholic college. A stalking moviegoer takes her dead grandmother to a Bertolucci film. A daughter meets her father’s mistress at his grave. An employee is banned from calling her boss in the office. An adult woman visits the radio store in Lakewood, New Jersey, of the boy who didn’t invite her to his bar mitzvah.


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210 pages |

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Levine’s unique voice catches you off guard and takes you on a wild journey you didn’t know you needed. Ultimately, Kissing a Tree Surgeon is a collection of stories about belonging. And in a time where feeling like an outsider amidst a surrealist landscape is common, Levine reminds us to laugh about it.

Wayne Johnston, author of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Divine Ryans

Though one could approach this book as a novel-in-stories, some of the pieces stand out, like a stark, hypnopompic hallucination just before waking.

Gertrude Magazine


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About the author

Eleanor Levine’s work has been published in more than 80 publications. Her poetry collection, Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria, was published in 2016. Eleanor has worked as a journalist and critic and is currently a medical copy editor.