‘The Hand’ by Tania Hershman

Title: ‘The Hand’ by Tania Hershman
Collection/Anthology?: The White Road and Other Stories (Salt Publishing)
Date Read: 13 June 2011
Briefly: An orthodox Jew finds herself moments away from her first sexual encounter.
Afterthoughts: This is the first piece of flash fiction I’ve read in this collection, and what an absolute triumph it is. I like the story’s subtlety, and I like how in the space of four short paragraphs Tania has included everything that you would imagine a first sexual encounter to be – tense, anxious, rousing, and because of the religious element, full of doubt. Superb stuff!

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of Tania Hershman’s collection, The White Road and Other Stories. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to either pop along and read my ‘forethoughts’ post on the collection, or to visit the product page on the publisher’s website.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).