Shelly Oria | Author

Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0. She is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York.

New York 1, Tel Aviv 0

"Sharply observed, beautifully rendered stories about gender, sexuality, and nationality by a fresh and original literary voice.

Enter the world of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, where the characters are as intelligent and charming as they are lonely. A couple discovers the ability to stop time together; another couple lives with a constant, loud beeping in their apartment, though only one of them can hear it. A father leaves his daughter in Israel to pursue a painting career in New York; a sex worker falls in love with the Israeli photographer who studies her.

Together these stories explore the tension between an anonymous, globalized world and an irrepressible lust for connection—they form an intimate document of niche moments between characters who are so brilliantly, subtly, and magically rendered by Shelly Oria’s capable hands."

Cover design: Jennifer Carrow

Cover design: Jennifer Carrow

Praise for New York 1, Tel Aviv 0:

“These are dazzling and daring stories from the extraordinary Shelly Oria, a writer I was thrilled to discover. Oria captures her characters at their most vulnerable, exposing their true natures in flashbulb bursts of surprising, exhilarating action. She's got style to burn, obsidian wit, and a deep feeling for the subterranean choreography between people's daylit and shadow selves. In New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 Oria makes exquisite music out of the fragility of human relationships.” —Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia


"....these questions have been dogging us since the modernist era, if not before it, but Oria manages to put an original spin on them...... In Oria’s work, it’s hard to trust in God, in each other, in our own selves, even in words."  —The New York Times Book Review


“The dangerous, ambitious, and cosmopolitan women who dominate the pages of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, break hearts indiscriminately—female hearts, male hearts, sometimes both at once. Likewise, the wit, sparkling intelligence and sensitivity of Shelly Oria’s story collection seduces you, abandons you, and leaves you craving more.” —James Hannaham, author of God Says No


".... so affecting, so expertly constructed...." —The New York Times


“Oria's fiction is tense and gripping; it's like the surprising and disconcerting sound that emerges from an instrument played by a traditionally trained musician who's chosen to explore new territory.” —Kirkus


“Shelly Oria’s sparkling stories of busted love, tentative lust, and international identity can come at you in pieces: they can be structured in fragments, numbered like lists, broken up like a dotted line. Inevitably, though, they reassemble by the time she’s done with them, which ensures that you won’t be done with them for a while—they'll stay with you, gently insistent, pressing on your mind from all directions.” —Ben Greenman, author of The Slippage and Mo’ Meta Blues


“Shelly Oria’s debut comes to us at, perhaps, the perfect moment. [….] Oria proves herself a master of double-, triple-, and quadruple-meaning, a producer of sentences as beautiful and jarring out of context as they are inside. [….] It’s easy to muster enthusiasm for a collection so provocatively titled; the trick is sticking the landing, which Oria does in spades.” —Electric Literature


“Shelly Oria’s acutely feelingful stories about the beautifully confusing love lives of the post-gender generation are wonderworks of candor and grace. In warm, intimate voices, Ms. Oria’s narrators—young, wisdom-rich, often bicontinental—struggle winningly with longing and loss. If you want to know how the new human heart feels and sounds right this very instant, this is the only book you’ll need.” —Gary Lutz, author of Stories in the Worst Way


“Shelly Oria’s excellent debut.... tackles issues like addiction, polyamory, parenthood, infidelity, and displacement.....Oria presents [her characters'] lives in a matter-of-fact way that makes empathy and understanding easy, and that makes it possible to more easily explore the nuances of the human condition.” —The L Magazine


“Reading New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 is like getting all the best passport stamps—it’s your ticket to the uncharted worlds of the most fraught and fascinating characters in contemporary fiction. Shelly Oria’s writing has everything: insights that will grab you by the throat; a voice that’s wholly, disarmingly original; and a heart that fills and throbs and bursts. These stories will astonish you.” —Diana Spechler, author of Who By Fire and Skinny


“.... I cannot say enough about her language, how crisp and rich it is, rife with offhand wisdom, at once playful and possessed with an honesty that makes you think, pen giddy from highlighting lines that capture the absurdity of The American Way.” —Trop Magazine


“Fierce, funny, and utterly captivating, every story in this superb collection rings with aching truth about our strange, sad world and all the wonder and beauty there is to behold within it.  By turns tender and provocative, Shelly Oria writes with great compassion and stunning grace about fear and failure, loss and longing, isolation and intimacy.”—Aryn Kyle, author of Boys and Girls Like You and Me and The God of Animals


“Oria’s gorgeous stories pass over and through borders between nations, genders, and bodies, all the while, fully aware of the contradictions contemporary culture present.” —Samantha Hunt, author of The Invention of Everything Else


“... the book’s main draw is Oria’s uncanny ability to create rich, fully realized characters in the span of just a few pages, and to do so in a way that demonstrates her grasp of an impressive range of styles, genres, and structures.” —Lambda Literary


“Trying to figure out what an Israeli is, who an Israeli is in America, who the ones are who go back and forth, the devastatingly observant Shelly Oria takes us to Brooklyn and Manhattan, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and, in one of the most memorable of these stories, to Albany! Searching to describe her tone, her laugh-out-loud originality, and her (mostly young) deliciously mixed-up, love-addicted, often rueful characters, I’d say fresh, yes, fresh as the brilliant shock of new paint.” —Honor Moore, author of The Bishop’s Daughter


“I would call this inventive collection a ‘promising debut’ if the promise weren’t already fulfilled.” —Teddy Wayne, author of The Love Song of Jonny Valentine


“Oria gives her first story collection a sharp edge, subtle humor, and a distinctive contemporary voice. […] a promising young author who deserves a wide readership.” —Library Journal


“How can a voice be so direct and yet so delicate? In New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, Shelly Oria tenderly lays out the truth about human beings, creatures so intelligent they are able to outwit themselves most of the time. Oria’s stories also reveal the rare moments when we humans find ourselves on the verge of transcendent revelation. But the heart of Oria’s gift is her language: seductive, precise, and—over and over—startlingly beautiful.” —Nelly Reifler, author of Elect H. Mouse State Judge


“Shelly Oria has written a fiercely original, sharp and stunning collection. New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 perfectly illuminates the breadth of life’s complexities, is insightful throughout, and funny when you least expect it.” —Alison Espach, author of The Adults


"Shelly Oria is a true Romantic. Her debut collection contains heartache, longing, and three-ways. New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 is touching and funny and insightful. The desire to find a home, whether with a person or in a place, haunts this wonderful collection. These stories reminded me of the subtle melancholy so present in writers like John Cheever and Jhumpa Lahiri. Shelly Oria is a gifted new writer." --Victor LaValle, author of The Devil in Silver


“In New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, Shelly Oria shows us the parts of ourselves that we most fear. And by rendering their brokenness, loneliness, and magic so tenderly, she shows us how to be tender. With her unflinching gaze, she shows us how to see.” —Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart


“Shelly Oria’s characters toggle back and forth between the U.S. and Israel just as her stories toggle between a world that’s familiar and a world much more strange. Whether in cooking classes or eye clinics or blood banks or fitting rooms, whether amidst time stoppages or amidst sounds that only one character can hear, Oria’s stories are utterly original. New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 is wondrous, wise, a dazzling debut.” —Joshua Henkin, author of The World Without You


"With their dark honesty, these are stories tuned in to the endless and extravagant strangeness of the world.  Shelly Oria has a wonderful range of methods for dazzling us, and New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 marks the arrival of a wildly talented writer." --Joan Silber, author of Ideas of Heaven