Between the Lines: Where I Am

Date: Jun 20, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning | The Library

Location: Online

Category: Book Talks Library Events

Writer Dana Shem-Ur Discusses “Where I Am”

Part of Between the Lines: Author Conversations from The Library of JTS

June 20, 2023
1 – 2 p.m.

Dana Shem-Ur‘s book is a piercing novel about life abroad in a cultural setting not one’s own: Reut is an Israeli translator living in Paris with a French husband and their child. She’s made sacrifices for her family but now feels a simmering discontent and estrangement that erupts at a festive dinner party with affluent, intellectual friends. During the sumptuous meal, she navigates a tangle of cultural codes with which she’s never been fully at ease. This is a novel about big life choices that examines a woman’s attitudes toward belonging to a man, to a culture, to a language. Where I Am is an intimate, witty book portraying a profoundly human yearning to stop everything, to lay down one’s head, and to feel―if only for a moment―at home.

About the Author

Dana Shem-Ur lived in Paris for three years and obtained a master’s degree in philosophy from the École Normale Supérieure. She is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Tel Aviv University who translates from French, Italian, and Chinese into Hebrew.