Dead Again, Billy

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Dead Again, Billy by Ari Lieberman

“Dead Again, Billy” by Ari Lieberman charmingly chronicles an encounter between two dense, almost autistic characters who are somehow predestined to make a connection. Billy and Cynthia are like a pair of shoes that fit only the right foot. The world they inhabit is absurd and even grotesque, and yet it lies not far from that of the readers, who may fluctuate between horror and scorn at the sight of this grotesqueness. This early story is a sort of introduction to the reading experience offered by Lieberman’s novel Out of the Blue (published in early 2014), which established this writer as one of the most interesting and brilliant voices in contemporary Israeli literature.