Leslie What The Sweet and Sour Tongue

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The Sweet and Sour Tongue

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A debut collection by Nebula Award-winning author Leslie What. These fourteen stories combine elements of magical realism, science fiction, fantasy, humor, horror, and pathos to "... blend realistic, traditional and absurd situations, her witty imagination inspiring laughter and horror." -- Publishers Weekly

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During the Passover seder, Jews dip a bitter herb into a sweetened paste of apples, honey, and wine. One explanation for this ritual is that bitterness can be better tolerated if accompanied by sweetness.

THE SWEET AND SOUR TONGUE journeys from sadness to joy, along the way paying tribute to the solemn ghosts who inhabit the past and whose wisdom and love help us to live. From the healing power of remembrance in "Clinging to a Thread", to the ultimate self-sacrificing Jewish mother in the science fiction parody, "You Are Who You Eat" and the corrupting power of the evil inclination in "Smelling of Earth, Dreaming of Sky", these tales provide inspiration, thoughtful reflection...and not a few smiles.

Rooted in Kaballah and steeped in religion, superstitions, and customs, these stories are thoughtful--and sometimes hilarious--examinations of traditional and nontraditional takes on Jewish life.

Leslie What examines friendships, family, and faith and brings a fresh perspective to one group's ability to laugh in the face of unspeakable horror, sometimes having this as their only weapon of survival.

From the Inside Flap:

"Leslie What's stories have the power to strike an emotional chord in me, and whether that chord summons tears or laughter it is deeply satisfying."

-- Kate Wilhelm

"As tasty a collection as you'll ever find, full of bright angels and dark nights, inner trolls and family dinners. All this and kugel, too! What, a triumph!"

-- Karen Joy Fowler

"Over the last few years I have been watching Leslie What blossom from a nice little comic talent into a great big scary comic talent."

-- Damon Knight

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