About The White Road and other Stories
links a café in Antarctica, a factory for producing electronic tracking
tags and a casino where gamblers can wager their shoes? They're among
the multiple venues where Tania Hershman sets her unique tales in this
spellbinding debut collection.
from tragedy, a bereaved mother opens a cafe on the road to the South
Pole. A town which has always suffered extreme cold enjoys sudden
warmth. A stranger starts plaiting a young woman's hair. A rabbi comes
face to face with an angel in a car park. A young man's potential is
instantly snuffed out by Nature's
whims. A lonely widow bakes cakes in the shape of test tubes and DNA.
number of these stories are inspired
by articles from science
taking fact as their starting points and wondering
might happen if . . .? In these surreal, lyrical stories, many of which
a few pages long,
Tania Hershman allows her imagination free
rein, as her characters navigate through love, death, friendship,
spirituality, mental illness and the havoc wreaked by the weather.