[imc-education] From Grace Paley's Glad Day Books
skolkin at nyc.rr.com
Fri Jun 23 16:14:21 PDT 2006
We would like to let you know our book, "Edges: O Israel, O
Palestine. The novel was chosen and edited by Grace Paley for her
own imprint at Glad Day Books. "Edges" has also been selected to
be featured at this years NWSA Conference in Oakland, California
and was awarded a stipend from The PEN/Faulkner Foundation
National Writer in Schools.
Please do let us know if you like to schedule the author for an
event. We would love to be included in your community.
Grace Paley, Robert Nichols, Glad Day Books
"EDGES, O Israel O Palestine"
by Leora Skolkin-Smith
Glad Day Books
Contact: skolkin at nyc.rr.com
Represented by Russell and Volkening Literary Agency
"EDGES: O Israel O Palestine" was selected by Grace Paley and
edited for "Glad Day Books".
"Edges" is set in a pre-1967 Israel, during the Cold
War. Characters are drawn from Israels long-forgotten past,
members of the 1940s Haganah and Jewish underground who find
themselves displaced amidst the chaotic and complex tensions of an
Israel just beginning to modernize and expand.
We are very pleased to announce that Edges" has been
awarded a stipend from the PEN/Faulkner Foundation's
"Edges" is a dark and penetrating look at pre-1967 Israel and
Palestine through the eyes of a 14 year old Liana Bialik. After
her American father's suicide, Liana's Jerusalem-born mother
decides to take Liana and her sister back to her homeland, where
her family had lived for four generations. Once they get to Israel
Liana, who feels overwhelmed and suffocated by her mother, begins
to detach herself from her. She embarks on a mission of
self-discovery to learn why her mother does not speak about her
father and why he took his own life. Edges is well-written,
powerful in both imagery and subject matter..."
-Jewish Book World, Spring 2006
Vol. 24, Number 1
Grace Paley writes: "EDGES takes the reader to an Israel before
high walls formed a border, when, instead, metal wires hung "like
hosiery lines" across the land. Liana Barish is fourteen years
old when the suicide of her American father forces her mother,
mourning, in despair back to her family--to Jerusalem where she
grew up. For Liana it is the place where the powerful
interdependence of mother and daughter--physical and
spiritual--ends. It is the place of her sexual awakening."
Katharine Weber, book critic and author of TRIANGLE,
THE LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSIC LESSON, and OBJECTS IN
MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR raves: "Edges is an elegant and
moving novel. Leora Skolkin-Smith has that rare gift of the writer
who can convey the sensibility the essence of a place and its
people with precision and clarity. A provocative debut."
Caroline Leavitt, columnist at "The Boston Globe" and author of
GIRLS IN TROUBLE writes: "Where, and how and to whom do we really
belong? Skolkin's brilliant debut novel is a hypnotic meditation
on the ever-changing boundaries of love and need. A coming of age
story of the bond between a young American and her powerful
mother, etched in a wartime Mideast as shifting and dangerous and
mysterious as the Israeli desert."
"EDGES" is a novel "told with restraint and poetic
precision," Robert Whitcomb at "The Providence Journal" has
written "...memorable (for the) the sense of place that Ms.
Skolkin-Smith has achieved -- the sunny and scary Jerusalem and
countryside -- and the hope, love, hate and fatalism of the
groups, Palestinian and Israeli, living amongst and apart from
Oscar Hijuelos, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning
novel, THE MAMBO KINGS SING SONGS OF LOVE has called EDGES "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 a
quite accomplished voice and style, one well deserving a wide and
EDGES was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award and The
PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award by Grace Paley.
Awarded a Stipend from the Pen/Faulkner Foundation
A National Women Studies Association Conference Selection
Bloomsbury Review Pick, 2006: Favorite Books of the Last 25
A Jewish Book Council Selection, 2005
Featured at The Virginia Festival of the Book, 2006.
Ms. Skolkin-Smith has received grants from The New York State
Council on the Arts, The Department of Cultural affairs, and
P.E.N. American Center. She was awarded a Teaching Fellowship for
graduate work at Sarah Lawrence College where she holds a BA and
MFA in writing.
EDGES is now available from: Ingram Distributors, Baker and
"Edges: O Israel, O Palestine" is also available at:
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