Sun Behind You Hakibbutz Hameuhad Publishing House, Israel, 2001.
Marianna Steinberg is leaving Paris, where rainclouds cover the sky like a protective, comforting duvet, exchanging them for the sharp, white sun of Tel Aviv, that shines cruelly on everything, exposing every wrinkle, every stain, every fold of skin.
Marianna is returning to her past. There she meets the Tel Aviv she once loved. Like a visiting relative she gazes avidly at the way its neglected streets have aged, at the dilapidated houses, at the citizens hurrying by, driven by a purposeful will to succeed, and those who loiter, with nothing to do.
She meets strangers, mostly men, and is temped to follow some of them. She finds consolation in the proximity of their bodies, attracted by the smell of their skin and their evasive voices. And the sun, an invisible escort, goes with her in her discoveries, painting them in deceptive hues.