Ruchama King Feuerman was born in Nashville, grew up in Virginia and Maryland, and when she was seventeen, bought a one-way ticket to Israel to seek her spiritual fortune. Her mother hails from Casablanca where her family lived for centuries. Her father is a third-generation American who was born and raised in the South.
Ruchama lived and taught in Israel for ten years. Seven Blessings (St. Martin's Press), her celebrated first novel about match-making, earned her the praise of the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News, and Kirkus Reviews dubbed Feuerman the “Jewish Jane Austen.” Her second novel, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, (New York Review Books) was chosen as best novel of the year in both the Wall Street Journal and the Richmond Review in British Columbia, and the Star Ledger included it in its list of top ten books by New Jersey authors. Ruchama's books have been translated into Dutch and Spanish, and are also available in the U.K.
Much of Ruchama's fiction is placed in Jerusalem, a city, she finds, where outrageous stories are handed to you, and then you have to tone them down to make them believable.
"...sophisticated and engaging...it treats an endlessly tangled topic—relations between Palestinian Arabs and Jews—with intelligence and originality...a manifestly terrific novel!"
--Wall Street Journal
"A beautiful novel that coils the history and mystery of Jerusalem into a private and vivid tale of personal dignity, ownership, love-- and the overlap of all three, the space we call the soul."