It is such a pleasure for me to finally see "The Tightrope Walker" in print. The anthology Rosalind's Siblings had a long journey to reach this point, which is probably fitting for my story!
"The Tightrope Walker" was the first short story I wrote with a character who shared so many of my traits. It was important for me to get them right, even if it was sometimes at the expense of what is considered the norm. The short story was born from a little boy I saw walking in the street holding his mother's hand and shielding his eyes from the sun. I had the first sentence and by the time I arrived home I had the first paragraphs. It was a story my subconscious was bursting to tell but lacked the spark to reach my conscious mind! That little boy provided it. The name Saadia offered me the opportunity to create a character whose name--feminine in Islam and masculine in Judaism--united two faiths inseparable from the Mediterranean area.
I'm deeply thankful to Bogi Takács for gathering so many wonderful stories and picking mine among those, but also for fighting for this anthology for so long. Many thanks too to E. D. E. and Chris Bell at Atthis Arts who have been a pleasure to work with and who believed in Rosalind's Siblings!
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