$18.00 paper | 261 Pages
Publication Date: April 2019
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Winner of the AWP Award for the Novel
“RACHEL’S TOMB is a deftly ambitious novel about young soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces and the loved ones they’ve left behind. It brings to life with great artistry a diverse cast of secular and religious Jews, Arabs, Russian and Ethiopian immigrants, soldiers and civilians—a complex image of Israel. The book’s absurdist humor gracefully counterpoints the waste, loss, and early sorrow faced by its indelibly drawn characters.”
“RACHEL’S TOMB marks the arrival of an important new voice in American letters. J. A. Bernstein writes with power and sympathy and an unerring eye, in prose of crackling intensity. This is a magnificent first novel. I eagerly await the next.”
J. A. Bernstein
J. A. Bernstein is the author of a forthcoming story collection, Stick-Light (Eyewear) and a forthcoming chapbook, Desert Castles (Southern Indiana Review), which won the Wilhelmus Award. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, Chicago Quarterly Review, and other journals. His honors include the Hackney Novel Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship, and the Gunyon Prize at Crab Orchard Review. A Chicago-native, he teaches in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.