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One moderator + three writers =

= snoozefest, right? We sit behind a table and take turns addressing the audience. The moderator introduces. The writers pontificate. Another panel on “[Jewish] Women of the Book” is forgotten almost before it’s over. Not this time. Thanks to Bari Weiss, Associate Books Editor at the Wall Street Journal, the questions were not all softballs.…

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History at Eye Level

Reviewers tend to describe my novels as “character driven.” I not entirely sure what that means but I’ve been repeating it for years. It suggests, I suppose, that my fiction is longer on dialogue than plot or physical description. Given the title, cover image and first-person narrator of my new novel, it would be fair…

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Where did you get the idea for The Boston Girl?

The ideas for my novels come to me in different ways.  I picked up a booklet in a Gloucester bookstore and discovered the history of the oldest settlement on Cape Ann and The Last Days of Dogtown followed. On my first visit to Israel, a tour took me to a living history museum called Atlit,…

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Lucky me

Every morning, The American Academy of Poets sends me the Poem of the Day. I always open the email, though often I never get past the first line. If it’s too pretentious or precious, I hit “delete,” pronto. But some days, I read a poem I can’t bear to lose and drag it into a file.Recently I trolled…

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Namaste, Mr. Iyengar

I never quite bought into the idea of the yoga “community.” I’ve taken yoga classes for more than twenty years from a succession of teachers in rooms full of familiar-looking faces whose names I never knew. And yet, the news of B.K.S. Iyengar’s passing on Aug. 20 at the age of 95 felt like a…

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The Last Session (with my therapist)

   Four months ago, my therapist told me she would be retiring this summer. I was taken aback –a phrase that suddenly made perfect sense to me since I felt as though I had been physically moved without my consent. In a way, it didn’t seem like such a big deal. We had been slowing…

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The Boston Girl

 It’s done. The Boston Girl, my fifth novel and twelfth book, has been submitted, accepted and copyedited. Publication date: December 9, 2014.  It’s a historical novel told in the first person by an eighty-five-year-old woman named Addie Baum in response to a question from her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter who wants to know how she came to…

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What were they thinking?

I just received copies of my novel DAY AFTER NIGHT in Russian. I believe this is the first of my books translated into the language of Dostoyevsky. I wonder if the designers or editors even glanced at what’s inside because this image is so profoundly odd. Sure, the sky is ominous but four happy gals…

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