Recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award and past writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Artists’ Colony in Jerusalem, Pushcart Prize-nominee Perle Besserman was praised by Isaac Bashevis Singer for the “clarity and feeling for mystic lore” of her writing and by Publisher’s Weekly for its “wisdom [that] points to a universal practice of the heart.” She has written two previous novels, Pilgrimage and Kabuki Boy, and two story collections, Marriage and Other Travesties of Love and Yeshiva Girl. Her short fiction has appeared in The Southern Humanities Review, Agni, Transatlantic Review, Nebraska Review, Southerly, North American Review, Bamboo Ridge, and many others. Besserman’s recent books of creative non-fiction include Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers (coauthored with Manfred Steger) and A New Zen for Women.
Perle holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and has lectured, toured, taught, and appeared on television, radio, and in two documentary films about her work in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and the Middle East. Her books have been recorded and released in both audio and e-book versions and translated into over ten languages. www.perlebesserman.net
August 16, 2013 A Word’s Worth Review: “Besserman’s descriptions of Jerusalem are stunning–she writes with the insights of a poet and the exactness of a journalist ... Woven throughout the novel is the implicit message of universal spiritual emptiness that pervades most contemporary cultures ...” Read the Full Review.