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- DescriptionIn The Promised Land, what begins as a search for a better life by a group of Jewish immigrants in the mid 1800s becomes the embodiment of the longing - physical, familial, and spiritual - we all feel for a home. Yitzhak, the renegade son of an Orthodox rabbi in the shtetls of Poland, flees to the New World with his young wife, Chana, to escape religious persecution and suspicion about his powerful charisma and fervent beliefs. Settling with his followers under the patronage of a wealthy family in the mercantile splendor of golden-age St. Louis, Yitzhak is driven by recurring visions to lead his family and his flock on a perilous trek west. It is on this adventure - filled with Indians, settlers, religious zealots, true believers, and all of the dangers and grandeur of the American wilderness - that Yitzhak's faith is tried and Chana's more pragmatic beliefs are tested against both the journey and its surprising resolution.
- Author BiographyRuhama Veltfort's poems and stories have appeared in Whispering Campaign, The Antrim Review, The Noe Valley Voice and Sound Journal. The Promised Land, her first novel, was first published by Milkweed Editions in 1998 to excellent reviews. It has since been reissued in a Kindle edition (2011). A memoir, The Things We Do For Love: Stories of My Life was published in 2010 by Wordrunner Press. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, Whispers of a Dreamer (Hollow Reed Press, 1983) and Miles on the Bridge (Wordrunner Chapbooks, 1997). A new collection of her poems, Translation of Light, is online at www.echapbook.com. She is currently at work on a novel about war trauma. Her latest novel, Strange Attractors, is forthcoming in 2012 from BeWrite Books (Canada).
- Author(s)Ruhama Veltfort
- Date of Publication31/05/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight327 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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