If there is one thing that ties Dorit Sasson and Karen Levy's stories, it is the fact that they both straddle American and Israeli languages, cultures, mentalities, and histories as part of their identities and who they are.
She is the author of the coming of age memoir, My Father's Gardens, which tells the story of a young girl who comes of age in two languages, and on two shores, between warring parents and rules that change depending on the landscape and the proximity of her mother.
Struggling to find her voice and her place in the world as a result of her frequent travels between her native Israel and the United States, she feels that she must choose a place to call home. As her scenery alternates between warm Mediterranean and snow capped mountains, loud-mouthed Israelis and polite Americans, so do her loyalties: Is she more Israeli or American? How will she know when she has arrived? And while she chooses she is slowly transplanting bits of her father’s gardens on foreign soil.
“In My Father’s Gardens, Karen Levy writes with a seductive clarity and sensitivity, and recounts a compelling tale of conflict and homecoming that tears at the heart. A powerful memoir, beautifully wrought.
– John Lescroart, New York Times Bestselling Author