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“Edges“ Feaured at NWSA in Chicago


Leora Skolkin-Smith’s novel “Edges, O Israel, O Palestine”will be featured at Chicago’s National Women’s Studies Association Conference, June 28 - July 1, 2007.

“Edges” is set in a pre-1967 Israel, during the Cold War.


“Edges” is a dark and penetrating look at pre-1967 Israel and Palestine through the eyes of a 14 year old Liana Bialik...well-written, powerful in both imagery and subject matter"
-Jewish Book World

“The poetry of the girl’s sexual awakening ripples through many pages... The author’s vivid sense of landscape, her gift for identifying with both mother and daughter, Arab and Jew, gives the novel a unique sense of balance and brings the reader, regardless of political conviction into sympathy with this portrait of a vanished Jerusalem.”
-Mark Mirsky, FICTION

“.. elegantly written, moving novel that has a lot to say about love, identity, history and the meaning of nationality...gripping and unforgettable as well in its story telling and evocation of place and emotions...”
--Oscar Hijuelos, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel, “THE MAMBO KING SINGS SONGS OF LOVE”

“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.”
--Katharine Weber, book critic, author of TRIANGLE

“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.”
--Caroline Leavitt,Book Reviewer Boston Globe and PEOPLE magazine, author “GIRLS IN TROUBLE”

"..told with restraint and poetic precision ...
-- Robert Whitcomb ,“The Providence Journal”.

“A feverish, sensual, remarkable book.”
--Meredith Sue Willis

Nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award by Grace

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 Years”

A Jewish Book Council Selection, 2005

Panelist, “Israel in Fiction” The Miami International Book Fair, 2006

Panelist, “War in Writing” , The Virginia Festival of the Book, 2006.


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