The Bones and the Book
by Jane Isenberg

Want a mystery with substance and a local Jewish angle? The Bones and the Book by Seattle-area author Jane Isenberg uncovers, literally, the life of Aliza Rudinsk, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant whose bones (and a Yiddish book) are found in Seattle’s underground in 1965. It’s up to translator Rachel Mazursky to sort out Aliza’s story — and her own.

Portland Zionists Unite!
by Eric Flamm

Portland-based Eric Flamm’s collection of short stories zeroes in on the tensions of Jewish identity in relation to Israel. Flamm, who served in the IDF in the wake of Rabin’s assassination, delivers a debut collection of stories from the perspectives of disillusioned soldiers, an American synagogue director, and a young gamer.

This is How It Always Is
by Laurie Frankel

Named the 2018 Washington State Book Award winner and Best Book of the Year by several magazines and booksellers, This Is How It Always Is tells the story of a young boy who becomes a girl. The novel, inspired by Frankel’s own experience of raising a transgender child, captures the beauty and challenge of a family with a child they planned for but didn’t expect.

Daughters of the Air
by Anca Szilágyi

Szilágyi, a UW MFA graduate and former Hugo House and Jack Straw fellow, put out this debut novel in 2017 to high praise. Not your everyday coming-of-age novel, Daughters of the Air tells the story of “Pluta,” a teen runaway in 1980 New York dealing with the fallout of her father’s disappearance in Argentina’s Dirty War.   

Uncountry
by Yanara Friedland

Winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction Award, Uncountry is a dreamlike stroll through fairy tales, myths, and Biblical tales. Connecting present to past, this “mythology” lives in the space between poetry and narrative, waking and sleeping. Friedland is a German American poet, translator, and professor at Western Washington University.

 

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