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Remembering Moshe Triwaks

I met Moshe Triwaks in Jerusalem in 2000. I was in Israel to visit my daughter who was in Israel for a semester-long high school program. Moshe Triwaks’s company, Matar, had just published the Israeli translation of my first novel, The Red Tent, and when he heard I was in the country, he drove from…

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What I’ve been doing

Walking the neighborhood with Toby, sweet dog, mine since August. #rescuelove Updating the first book I ever wrote (The New Jewish Wedding, 1984, updated 2004) which is now called THE JEWISH WEDDING NOW. This isn’t a revision so much as a rewrite. Love the cover. Going to live performances (theater, music, dance) to keep my heart beating. Limiting…

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The Morning After

I am sitting in Terminal E at Logan Airport waiting for my flight to Toronto, trying to think about how to explain or describe or understand. The election has knocked me down and broken my heart. I will survive this. America will survive and someday, make amends. I know this is a historic swing. Nativism…

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Gifts from readers

I recently cleaned out my attic and in the process found letters from readers dating back to the 1970s, when I started writing for newspapers and magazines. Each one had felt like an unexpected gift so I never threw away any of them, not even the occasional furious screed. Once email became a way of…

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My Buddy, R.I.P.

I am dogless. Again. Buddy was the third dog love of my life. A miniature Schnauzer of regal bearing (he walked on his toes) and a mellow soul, he accompanied me and mine for the past 13 years. I have been down this sad and lonely road twice before: first with Bartholemew the Beagle, who…

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The Boston Girl, between you and me

The thrill of having a book published never gets old. The Boston Girl is my twelfth and I felt just as excited and nervous as when my first came out; that was The New Jewish Wedding in 1985. The “nervous” is because I only know whether I’ve hit the mark when I hear from readers.…

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Dinner party of my dreams: The Jewish Book Council asked me who, among Jewish authors (living or dead), I would invite to a dinner party.

Anita Diamant: 30 Days, 30 Authors in celebration of Jewish Bo…To commemorate 90 years of celebrating Jewish books, Jewish Book Council invited 30 leading Jewish authors to answer a few questions on reading, writing, and living Jewish literature. Today, Anita Diamant, author of THE BOSTON GIRL and THE RED TENT, and nine other books! Go…

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No Olympics for Boston … my ambivalence

There are a lot of reasons I am relieved that the Olympics aren’t coming to Boston. One  big bonus will be the end (eventually) to the loud and circular arguments about whether it would be a boon or a disaster. I’m even happier that no more money will be spent selling and fighting the idea. I do…

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In spring a woman’s fancy turns to —

I am somewhat obsessed with clothes. I recently packed away my winter woolies and discovered that my warm-weather wardrobe was down to three dresses, three wearable pairs of capris and a mess of t-shirts, where mess = stained and pilled.  (I must have done a thorough edit last fall.) So I started shopping, looking to have my fancy struck. But in the process…

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