Leora Skolkin-Smith's new novel HYSTERA is the winner of this year's Global E-Books Award and the 2012 USA Book Awards. Hystera is published by Fiction Studio Books, Lou Aronica, Publisher.HYSTERA has also been awarded as a Finalist in Literary Fiction in the 2012 International Book Awards, and the National Indie Excellence Awards.Ms. Skolkin-Smith was born in Manhattan in 1952, and spent her childhood between Pound Ridge, New York, and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother's birthplace in Jerusalem every three years. She earned her BA and MFA and was awarded a teaching fellowship for graduate work, all at Sarah Lawrence.Her first published novel, EDGES was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley's own imprint at Glad Day books. EDGES was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award by Grace Paley. Recently, her work has been chosen by Princeton University and the Department of the Humanities for their series: "Fertile Crescent Moon: Stories from the Middle East Diaspora."THE FRAGILE MISTRESS, a feature film based on EDGES, is currently in pre-production, scheduled to begin shooting on location in Jerusalem, Jordan, and New York, produced by Triboro Pictures, directed by Michael Gunther. http://www.thefragilemistress.comExcerpts from HYSTERA were first published by Persea Books, and recently appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review. Recent publications include a piece from THE FRAGILE MISTRESS, which appeared in Guernica Magazine in 2010. She was recently a panelist, at MAINE READS, The Haitian Cultural International Book Festival, The Miami International Book Fair, The Virginia Festival of the Book, and The National Women's Association. She is currently a contributing editor to readysteadybook.com. and her critical essays have been published in The Washington Post, The National Book Critic's Circle's Critical Mass, Conversational Reading, the Quarterly Review, and other places.
by Leora Skolkin-Smith
After selling out of two successive print runs, Leora Skolkin-Smith's intoxicating novel about a young girl's personal and political discovery in 1960's Israel and Palestine is being re-released in a new edition by Glad Day Books. This new incarnation will include the author's afterword and dedication to her mentor Publisher and Editor...
The story of a girl of fourteen brought abruptly from a comfortable suburban Westchester to the harsh terrain of a young State of Israel. The girl is caught in the maelstrom of political claims between Israel and a West Bank, still part of the Kingdom of Jordan. Skolkin-Smith's gift for identifying with both mother and daughter, Arab and...
“EDGES is an elegantly written, quite moving novel that has a lot to say about love, identity, history and the meaning of nationality. The book is worth reading alone for its superb language, but it is gripping and unforgettable as well in its story telling and evocation of place and emotions. It is a wonderful novel by an author with...
“Poetic, strange and evocative… A poignant prose-poem…” — Publishers Weekly “HYSTERA is a haunting, mesmerizing story of madness, longing and identity, set against one of the most fascinating times in NYC history. Skolkin-Smith’s alchemy is to inhabit her characters even as she crafts a riveting story that is nothing short...
Categories: All Women's Fiction; Contemporary Fiction
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