From a Sealed Room by Rachel Kadish
A Novel

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In this affecting, perceptive debut novel, Rachel Kadish reflects on the ghosts of the past, the tensions of war, and the difficult bonds of family. When Maya enrolls at Hebrew University in Jerusalem shortly after the Gulf War, she hopes to leave New York and a fraught relationship with her mother behind her. In Israel, she gets to know her older cousin Tami, a housewife whose home has a room sealed against the war's Scud missile attacks. Like Maya, Tami feels distanced from the people closest to her -- her mother, her husband, her only son. But it will ultimately be Maya's visits with Shifra, an elderly recluse and Holocaust survivor who lives in the apartment below her, that give Maya the courage to confront her problems and break free of the burdens of her past.

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Rachel Kadish is the author, most recently, of the novel Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story. Among her many honors are a Koret Award, a Pushcart Prize, and citations in the 1997 and 2003 editions of The Best American Short Stories. Her work has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, Tin House, Story, Bomb, Moment, Shma, Congress Monthly, and Lilith. Kadish, a graduate of Princeton University, earned her M.A. in fiction writing at New York University.
Published September 1, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 372 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction

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A first novel sets the youthful ordeals of Maya, an idealistic and somewhat imperceptive American student at Israel’s Hebrew University, against both the historical and contemporary struggles of Western Jews.

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