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Risa Miller

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. Martin’s Press). She teaches fiction writing at Emerson College.

Unlikely Pairs

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 isn’t typical, and in her new book, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, she tells a story that is spiritually generous and astutely realistic.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2023

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