RISA MILLER, recipient of the PEN New England Discovery Award, is the author of Welcome to Heavenly Heights and My Before and After Life (St. Martinâs Press). She teaches fiction writing at Emerson College.
How easy it would have been for Ruchama King Feuerman to write the typical Jerusalem novel, with the typical Middle East obliquities: Arab-Israeli/Israeli-Jew friendship pitted against the external tension of social and political pressures. Romeo and Juliet in the shuk. But Feuerman isnt typical, and in her new book, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, she tells a story that is spiritually generous and astutely realistic.