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.” She wrote her second novel, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, with the help of grants from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times.
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.
Her novel, first published by NYRB Lit as an e-book, just came out in paperback with New York Review Books in March 2014.
"...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."