Tuesday, April 12, 2016

It's Here!!! The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem
By Sarit Yusgai-Levy

Published by Thomas Dunne Books
Part of St. Martin Publishing.
Complimentary copy.

I am very excited to learn about, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem. I was sent this copy a few weeks ago. I just haven't had the time to look at the book as yet until today. Also, my excitement which I can't contain myself. This book made me think of another novel that was set in Jerusalem before it became a state. That book is Jerusalem Maiden which I loved. What I am also excited about is that our book club is finally going to SKYPE, author Talia Carner. She published her novel, Hotel Moscow. We are going to be hosting her from Myrtle Beach via  New York from the privacy of SKYPE! We don't even have to leave the beach. Who would have ever thought. 

                    Hotel Moscow by author, Talia Carner, and her previous novel, Jerusalem Maiden

In late September 1993, Brooke Fielding, a thirty-eight-year-old New York investment manager and the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, accepts an invitation to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian businesswomen in Moscow. Though excited by the opportunity to be one of the first Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism, she wonders what awaits her in the country that persecuted her mother just a generation ago. But as the Russian parliament's uprising against President Boris Yeltsin turns Moscow into a volatile war zone, Brooke finds that her involvement comes at a high cost. For in a city where "capitalism" is still a dirty word, where neighbors spy on neighbors and the new economy is in the hands of a few dangerous men, nothing Brooke does goes unnoticed—and a mistake in her past may now compromise her future.

                                                                     The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

The #1 International Best Seller!

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a dazzling novel of mothers and daughters, stories told and untold, and the ties that bind four generations of women.
Here is the review from the Jewish Book Council here. You also can listen to an excerpt here on Israel radio here. 

Here is an article the author wrote on Jewish Book Council here

This is my favorite time of year. When the great buzz of book are heard all across the US. Too bad again, I will not be attending BEA. Which this year it will not be in NYC, but in Chicago.

I am also thinking that this may be our Jewish Grand Strand Reads for 2017! That is how confident I am about this novel. Ok, I have not done a literary rant for awhile. So forgive me.

So again, thank you again John Karle, and  Staci Burt both from St. Martin Books.

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