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The Best Place on Earth Discussion Guide
- What are some of the themes that are threaded throughout the eleven stories?
- What do the characters in The Best Place on Earth have in common?
- Many of the stories are set against a background of war and conflict. How does the political and domestic intertwine in these stories?
- Discuss the use of foreign languages in the stories. What techniques did the author use to incorporate the Hebrew language in the book?
- Many of these characters are trying to get away from something: home, history, tradition, family, love. Talk about the theme of flight in these stories.
- The opening story, “Tikkun,” is about a meeting of former lovers against the backdrop of a bombing in Jerusalem. Why is the story called Tikkun?
- Many of the stories in the book deal with cultural clashes within families. What are the reasons for those clashes? How are they reconciled?
- The story “Invisible” features a Filipina caregiver working illegally in Israel. What is the role of magic in this story? How did you experience the ending of this story?
- Does the order of the stories create a narrative arc for the collection? Does the book as a whole have a sense of an ending?
- How did reading the stories complicate your notions of Israel and of the Jewish experience?
- What do you think of the title of the book? What is The Best Place on Earth?