Skokie, IL, July 22, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Author Sarit Gradwohl, a native of Israel, has spent the last ten years in America writing about her Yemenite grandparents’ dreams and struggles of emigration to Israel. The research Gradwohl did for her novel, HAMAMA, ignited a passion for illuminating the untold story of Yemenite Jews at the turn of the last century.
There are currently fewer than one hundred Jews left in Yemen. Gradwohl’s novel Hamama is a rare document of Yemenite Jewish culture, combining the historical with the personal, told from a feminist point of view.
Hamama is the memoir of a spirited girl fighting to find her place in 1930s Yemen. She is a girl in a patriarchal world, a Jew in a Muslim country, and later a religious non-white in the secular, Ashkenazi land of Israel. With her wisdom and determination, Hamama paves her own way from one village to another, finds true love in an unexpected place, and immigrates to the land of Israel, where challenges are not scarce.
Hamama looked up tiredly at the top of the mountain and saw Hassabyein, the adjacent village. Her father walked there every Shabbat to go to the synagogue. Except he didn’t carry a jug full of chicken soup on his head. Her small, bare feet led her skillfully between the rocks in her way, and her skinny body was strong enough to carry such a large jug. She was only five years old.
Hamama - ISBN: 978-0988878297
Sarit Gradwohl studied social work and film & television at Tel Aviv University, obtaining BA degrees in 2004 and 2007. The Hebrew version of Hamama, titled Saperi Tama Temima, was published by Pardes Publishing House in 2014. Gradwohl also authored several short stories, published in Hador, the Jewish Literary Journal, and numerous Hebrew-language journals. When not writing or parenting, she lectures on the topic of Yemenite Jewry.
To purchase the book visit Hamama on Amazon.
To schedule a book signing or interview, or to obtain a copy for review, please email Sarit at email@example.com