LEORA SKOLKIN-SMITH is the author of Edges and Hystera. Edges was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award and The PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award by Grace Paley; it was a National Women's Studies Association Conference Selection, a Bloomsbury Review Pick, and a Jewish Book Council Selection; and it won the 2008 Earphones Award for an original audio production narrated by Tovah Feldshuh. Hystera was selected by Princeton University for their series "The Fertile Crescent: Women Writers from the Middle East." It was also the winner of the 2012 USA Book Award and the 2012 Global E-Books Award, as well as a finalist in the International Book Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards.
I look around me and imagine that I have the wild look of a person who has five minutes to pack her things and flee, the narrator recounts in Andrea Scrimas provocative novel, A Lesser Day. Rendered in segments circumscribed by places in which she has lived, in a narrative that is not linear, but rather flows back and forth in time, Scrimas intricately wrought story follows the life of a young woman suspended between past and present and uncertain about who she has become.