Author Leora Skolkin-Smith Will be Appearing at the Northern Arizona Book Festival with Billy Collins, Marilyn Hacker, Oscar Hijeulos, Gretel Erlich, and Lemony Snicket's Daniel Handler Author Will Also be Appearing at LA Times Festival of the Book, April 27-29

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Set amidst the barbed-wire borders of pre-1967 Jerusalem, Leora Skolkin-Smith's brief novel follows fourteen-year-old Liana Bialik on a trip to Israel with her mother and sister in 1963. "Edges, O Israel, O Palestine" will be featured at this year's Northern Arizona Book Festival, 2007.

Author Leora Skolkin-Smith Will be Appearing at the Northern Arizona Book Festival with Billy Collins, Marilyn Hacker, Oscar Hijeulos, Gretel Erlich, and Lemony Snicket's Daniel Handler.

Ms. Skolkin-Smith will also be appearing at the LA Times Festival of the Book, April 27-29.

"Edges" is set in a pre-1967 Israel, during the Cold War. Characters are drawn from Israel's long-forgotten past, members of the 1940's Haganah and Jewish underground who find themselves displaced amidst the chaotic and complex tensions of an Israel just beginning to modernize and expand.

"Edges: O Israel O Palestine" was selected by Grace Paley and edited for "Glad Day Books".

Tovah Feldshuh narrates original audio production soon to be released!


"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

"Edges is 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.

--Oscar Hijuelos, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel, "The Mambo King Sings Songs of Love"

"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."

--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, columnist, Boston Globe, author of Girls in Trouble and Coming Back to Me

"Edges" is a novel told with restraint and poetic precision...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..."

-- Robert Whitcomb , "The Providence Journal".

"A feverish, sensual, remarkable book."

--Meredith Sue Willis

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 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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