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Center Stage: Chapter 45

“You ask me for one hundred movie extras, I get them for you,” he said, dark eyebrows creasing. “What is wrong with these girls I find?”


The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 26

Esther Teichtal

“So… I know I’m Jewish. You know. Just like you. I can’t explain it, but it makes me happy to know that”


More or Less: Chapter 11

“Ari—” I started, but I was dumbstruck. How do I react to Ari doing something so huge and so good and so complete for me?


Rush of Joy

Riki Goldstein

Wedding in a whirlwind: When death loomed, they fast-forwarded joy


Breathe: Part 2 of 3

Rachael Lavon

A thread of indignation twists itself around my heart. How dare this WASP-y stranger lay claim to my aunt. As if she were one of them!


Windows: A Proud Hungarian

Lea Pavel

“If I have a chandelier in my bathroom,” Ma reasoned, “why should it bother anyone? It’s my bathroom, after all”


Musings: One of Those People

Estee Rabinovicz

I’m also the one who opened my mouth last night, and made someone feel stupid. So no, it’s not easy for me to come clean


Center Stage: Chapter 44

Gila Arnold

“It feels funny, doesn’t it? Going somewhere so off-the-beaten-Jewish path. Everyone will be staring at us like animals in the zoo”


The Gatekeeper’s Daughter: Chapter 25

Esther Teichtal

It is an old — a very old — photo album. Daina clutches the album gingerly, afraid to disturb the cracked, crackly sheets of plastic


More or Less: Chapter 10

Esther Kurtz

“Why do you have to be so mature?” she said finally. “Why do you have to say the things that just take my whole rant and somehow defeat it?


Lifetakes: Faith in the Laundry Room

Deena Fenster

Is he shy? Is Daddy putting him at ease? Oh, let him be comfortable in his skin — at least one of us should be


Center Stage: Chapter 43

Gila Arnold

“That’s it for tonight. I want you to go home now and sing the song over and over until you drive your family nuts. Got it?”

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