4: Essay excerpt, Ayelet Tsabari’s “Why I Chose to Write in English,” 2016.
Like Jhumpa Lahiri (see resource 3 of this kit), Ayelet Tsabari made the decision to write in her second language. Although her family background and history is very different from Lahiri’s, many of Tsabari’s observations about her choice to write in a second language are strikingly similar.
Suggested Activities: Consider this essay excerpt alongside both the excerpt from Lahiri’s essay (resource 3) and the excerpt from “Say It Again” (resource 1). How does Tsabari’s essay resemble Lahiri’s and how does it differ? Are there aspects of her experience that are particular to her own background and identity? Are there aspects of her experience that are universal? And how does the character of Lily in the story reflect on some of the themes from Tsabari’s and Lahiri’s essays about language, identity, and cultural heritage?
Source: Ayelet Tsabari, “Why I Chose to Write in English,” LitHub, March 23, 2016, https://lithub.com/why-i-chose-to-write-in-english/