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. She 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. Her second novel, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist (New York Review Books), was included in the Wall Street Journal's list of best fiction of the year, was an American Library Association Honor Title, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, and chosen as Best Jerusalem Novel in Tablet. Her short stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Tablet, Lilith, and other publications. One of her short stories was just awarded the Lawrence Foundation Prize for best short story published that year in the MQR. 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. Ruchama lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.
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."