In her newest collection of short stories, Esther A. Dagan adds painstaking brush strokes to a broad canvas depicting family and heritage, love and war. Never far beneath the surface lurks the ongoing conflict between Jews and Muslims – and the fervent wish for peace. The common thread of all these stories? Jerusalem, then and now. Against the backdrop of the ancient city, Dagan’s finely drawn characters live and love, laugh and cry, hope and despair.