Willimantic, CT- Eastern Connecticut State University writer’s series presented novelist Ruchama King Feuerman in a public reading and Q&A in Eastern’s Student Center on Oct. 27.
Feuerman read from her two fictional novels, which have received favorable reviews and wide praise. “Seven Blessings,” a novel about modern day matchmaking in Jerusalem, earned Feuerman recognition from the New York Times; Kirkus Reviews named her a “Jewish Jane Austen.” Her more recent novel, “In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist,” portrays the complexity of Jerusalem’s history and people. The Wall Street Journal chose it as best novel of the year and Buzzfeed included it in “31 books that will restore your faith in humanity.”
Both of Feuerman’s novels represent great insight into the world of Orthodox Jews living in Jerusalem. She writes about their everyday lives and struggles in a way that makes her characters universally human but also gives readers profound insight into their faith.
The reading ended with a question and answer segment. The event, which was free and open to the public, was a collaboration of Eastern’s Intercultural Center, the J. Eugene Smith Library and Eastern’s Writers Guild.