“Do You Love Me?”
by Hila Blum
translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir
from the June 5, 2023 issue of The New Yorker

I don’t know the work of Hila Blum, though I have seen her book How to Love Your Daughter mentioned since it is coming out next month. Daniella Zamir translated that novel, and she is the translator of this story, so maybe this is an excerpt, but either way, I’m interested.

Here is how it starts:

The first time I saw my granddaughters, I was standing across the street, didn’t dare go any closer. The windows in the suburban neighborhoods of Groningen hang large and low—I was embarrassed by how effortlessly I’d got what I’d come for, frightened by how easily they could be gobbled up by my gaze. But I, too, was exposed. The slightest turn of their heads and they would have seen me.

I’m nervous, in a good way, to keep going. Particularly in light of the magazine’s own blurb for the story: “We are the parents of a missing person, but the kind no one around us can understand, not even us.”

What will this be about? I am intrigued to find out. In the meantime, please feel free to comment your thoughts below.

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