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) has just been optioned to be made into a movie. It was chosen as best novel of the year in the Wall Street Journal, the American Library Association selected it as a Sophie Brody Honor Title, and Buzzfeed included it on "31 books that will Restore your faith in humanity." Ruchama is also the author of four children's books. Her books have been translated into Dutch and Spanish, and are also available in the U.K.
Named one of "31 books that will restore your faith in humanity" by Buzzfeed, and one of "37 books with plot twists that will blow your mind" also by Buzzfeed.
"...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."