"With EDGES, Leora Skolkin-Smith earns her place among the most gifted of contemporary American authors. The novel is a reminder that works of fiction can offer the depth, color, texture, passion of a fine painting and a great symphony. This is more than a coming-of-age story; it is a powerful and beautifully wrought account of passion and hope...for a girl and for a country." -- Victoria Zackheim, anthology, "For Keeps", "The Other Woman," writer, "The Bone Weaver"
"....Skolkin-Smith does a superb job... tells Liana's story in a style so lyrical it takes my breath away..." -- Duffie Bart, Storycircle Reviews, May 10, 2005
"...Skolkin-Smith, in clear, burnished prose, fuses personal and political rifts into an exhilirating debut novel."
--Philip Graham -- from blurb, August 2004
"...explores the very edges of the protagonist's psyche... Jerusalem comes alive.. sensual, visual ... exotic, no longer foreign." - Carolyn Howard-Johnson -- BookPleasure.com
"Edges is an elegant and moving novel. A provocative debut." Katharine Weber -- from blurb, August, 2004
"Edges manages to be political and serious and to tell an intimate story... between politics and the imagination...." -Emberly Nesbit -- GRACE SALON READING SERIES RECOMMENDATIONS
"Skolkin-Smith's brilliant debut novel is a hypnotic meditation on the ever-changing boundaries of love and need." Caroline Leavitt -- from blurb, June, 2004
... a captivating story ...wonderful images and evocative writing...one that will stay with me for a long time. -- Bookgirl's Bookstand
...an intimate and compelling portrai... Grace Paley's new imprint is a promising debut. -- Robert Gray, Bookseller's Journal
...memorable....is the sense of place Ms. Skolkin-Smith has achieved -- told with restraint and poetic precision -- Providence Journal. Robert Whitcomb
From the Publisher
Edges was awarded a stipend from the PEN/Faulkner Foundation's National Schools Program, was a Bloomsbury Review "Favorite Book of the Last 25 Years," and a selection of both the National Women's Studies Association Conference and the Jewish Book Council. The book has also been optioned for a feature film to be shot on location in Jerusalem and will be available in an audio edition, narrated by stage and screen actress Tovah Feldshuh, next month.