AWARDS AND PRAISES FOR
* The novel won the
Forward National Literature Award for "Historical
An excerpt won the Editor's Choice
Award in The New best
Writing 2011 anthology.
* --And named second-place (tie) winner in the
Eric Hoffer Short
* --Then nominated to the prestigious
"Exquisitely told, with details so vivid you can
almost taste the food and hear the voices...a moving and utterly
captivating novel that I will be thinking about for a long, long
-- Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author
of The Silent Girl [More
1st place winner: Forward National
Literature Award (Historical Fiction)
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“The Red Tent” meets
“A Thousand Splendid Suns.”
In 1911, in the
ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem under the backward Ottoman rule, a young
woman sets out to challenge God.
The feisty Esther’s
life-long struggle between her passions and her strict society’s religious
dictates sends her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion,
city and the Holy Land.
Her artistic talent hurls her away from her husband and
children into the seductive world of avant-garde art and the
allure of the one man forbidden to her-- until she faces the bitter
question of whether it is ever possible to reconcile her
quest for individuality with the demands of her faith.
(HarperCollins, June 2011)
the justice system fails her daughter, one courageous mother takes
matters into her own hands. In a wrenching race against time,
the safety of one child becomes entangled in the theatrics of
family court, bottled-up family dynamics, media frenzy, and the
pressure of the political machine.
American pop music icon finds herself on a collision course with
the world's two superpowers—and her label company that has
business interest in China—when resolving to save a Chinese baby
from certain death. Haunted by a troubled past, the protagonist
is set to win against those determined to silence her.
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Coming up: HOTEL MOSCOW to be released
summer 2015 (HarperCollins.)
Summary: A mesmerizing, thought-provoking novel that tells the
riveting story of a woman—the daughter of Holocaust survivors—who travels to
Russia shortly after the fall of communism, and finds herself embroiled in a
perilous mafia conspiracy that could irrevocably destroy her life.
Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight year old New York
investment manager and daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, finds her
life suddenly upended in late September 1993 when her job is put in
jeopardy. Brooke accepts an invitation to join a friend on a mission to
Moscow to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian business women, which will
also give her a chance to gain expertise in the new, vast emerging market.
Though excited by the opportunity to save her job and be one of the first
Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism, she also wonders what
awaits her in the country that persecuted her mother just a generation ago.
Inspired by the women she meets, Brooke
becomes committed to helping them investigate the crime that threatens their
businesses. But as the uprising of the Russian parliament against President
Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a volatile war zone, Brooke will find that
her involvement comes at a high cost. For in a city where “capitalism” is
still a dirty word, where neighbors spy on neighbors and the new economy is
in the hands of a few dangerous men, nothing Brooke does goes unnoticed—and
a mistake in her past may now compromise her future.
A moving, poignant, and rich novel, Hotel
Moscow is an eye-opening portrait of post-communist Russia and a
profound exploration of faith, family, and heritage.
Author's photo credit: Robbie