Once, in Golders Green

An insomniac realises that he cannot escape his heritage after he begins to live as Jewish people whilst asleep. An elderly man carries out Pulkhan haTik, the ritual of the suitcase. A horologist obsesses over fixing his past. The Jewish community of Golders Green tries to find a place for tradition and ceremony in a modernised world. Rohan Kriwaczek's collection of short stories encapsulates the tension between the public persona and the private self. Engaging, touching, and thought-provoking, Kriwaczek deftly addresses the nature of identity and asks what it means to be Jewish.