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River is the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who travels back in time, and across continents, encountering her maternal forebears when they were her age. From the Australian Outback, where she meets a young Aboriginal man, to brutal, racist South Africa during World War II, to the midst of a pogrom in Lithuania, and then all the way back to the Babylon of biblical times, Emily has deep encounters with the young women she meets, as well as with the history that shapes them—and ultimately, the histories that have mysteriously and yet powerfully shaped her own soul.
“I’m shaken by Shira Nayman’s brilliant and mystical stories."
"There is breathtaking storytelling here, replete with psychological detail and stunning clarity."
“It is to Nayman’s great credit that her subtle handling of extremely dramatic material allows the reader to be deeply moved without feeling manipulated."
“Nayman’s stories hauntingly and beautifully unveil the depths of her characters. Each story is full of twists and secrets, yet each has an openess that makes history immediate. "
Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, New England Review, and Boulevard. She is the recipient of three year-long grants from the Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board, and is a recent MacDowell Fellow.
books by shira
River is the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who travels back in time, and across continents, encountering her maternal forbears when they were her age. Emily learns the histories that have mysteriously and yet powerfully shaped her own soul.
Awake in the Dark
Bold and deeply affecting, Awake in the Dark is a provocative and haunting work of fiction about who we are and how we are formed by history.
Set against the backdrop of the insanity of war, The Listener explores the havoc historical trauma plays with the psyche, and illuminates the uncertain boundary between sanity and insanity.
The Mind of Winter
A Mind of Winter is a complex, page-turning, literary psychological thriller, which takes up a rich array of themes: the ways in which we choose our beliefs and build our lives and the ways in which circumstances inevitably shape personal identity and destiny.
An Evening with Shira Nayman & Chelsea Opera
Date: March 19
Time: 7 – 8 pm EST
Location: Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore.
Address: 2020 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, USA
Chelsea Opera Performance of "The House on Kronenstrasse"
Date: March 27 & 28
Time: 7 pm EST
Location: The West End Theatre
Address: 263 W 86th Street, New York, NY, USA
JBC Conference NYC 2020
Date: May 19 – 21
Location: Hebrew Union College
Address: 1 West 4 th St., NYC, NY
With Sharon Lax & Su Sokol
Date: May 23
Location: Molasses Bookstore
Address: 770 Hart St, Brooklyn, NY
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