EDGES, O ISRAEL, O PALESTINE by Leora Skolkin-Smith, Edited by Grace Paley

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"EDGES: O Israel O Palestine" Selected and awarded a stipend from The PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s National Writer in Schools Program.

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation National Writers in the School awards a stipend to EDGES

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 each other..."

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 receptive audience."

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."

EDGES was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award and The PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award by Grace Paley.

A National Women Studies Association Conference Selection

“Bloomsbury Review” Pick, 2006: “Favorite Books of the Last 25 Years”

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 Taylor.

"EDGES, O Israel O Palestine"

by Leora Skolkin-Smith

Glad Day Books

ISBN 1-930180-14-4

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