When I began writing my debut novel, Silent Hall, my only purpose was to tell a good fantasy story, set in a world that interested me. It was not, as it might seem when reading the finished product, to tell an allegory of Jewish trauma and resilience. In fact, I had long resisted any suggestion that I ought to write Jewish stories as opposed to “classic” fantasy. In college, my faculty advisors had practically begged me to bring my Jewish background into my writing, but I refused. I found Jewish content too familiar to be interesting, and I had never been a fan of allegorical storytelling...Read More
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