The Fragile Mistress
by Leora Skolkin-Smith
The Fragile Mistress is a dark and penetrating look at pre-1967 Israel and Palestine through the eyes of 14 year old Liana Bialik. After her American father's suicide, Liana's Jerusalem-born mother decides to take Liana and her sister back to her homeland, where her family has lived for four generations. Liana feels overwhelmed and suffocated by her mother and begins to reach out.