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The Angel of Losses

The Tiger’s Wife meets A History of Love in this inventive, lushly imagined debut novel that explores the intersections of family secrets, Jewish myths, the legacy of war and history, and the bonds between sisters. 

A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection

One of the Washington Post’s Top Five Science Fiction/Fantasy Books of 2014

“This impressive debut from Feldman is a page-turner that celebrates sisterly love.” —Publishers Weekly

“This imaginative first novel leads you on a journey of fantastic tales, stormy family ties and a tragic discovery of redemption that will break your heart.”—The Washington Post

[A] breathtakingly accomplished debut … a story of magic and bold imagining… .Every once in a while a book comes along that reminds us that even though a horror was visited upon a particular people, in a particular place and at particular moment in history, the story told is really about all of us, everywhere and for all time. It takes an extraordinary writer like Stephanie Feldman to bring that story to life.” —NPR

“Stephanie Feldman’s first novel is a compelling mix of fable, history and mystery, but at the center, it is a very human story about how families accept one another’s choices while forgiving one another’s mistakes. The Angel of Losses is an ambitious work by a brilliant new author.”—Bookpage

“Stephanie Feldman writes with tremendous warmth, tenderness, and insight, and The Angel of Losses is a smart and beautiful novel that is all at once a literary thriller, a multigenerational family saga and a stunning exploration of Jewish mysticism. I loved this book.” –Molly Antopol, National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree and author of The UnAmericans: Stories

“Stephanie Feldman is one of the smartest and most original young writers at work today. . . .Watch out for her. She is here to stay.” —Sheri Holman, author of Witches on the Road Tonight and The Dress Lodger

“Lucid, tender, and masterfully portrayed, The Angel of Losses is an intergenerational story of perseverance and love in a changing world. Rich with Jewish lore and history, there is magic at play here in more than one sense. A must-read.” —G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen

“[H]aunting. Even more gripping than the real and imagined folktales that Feldman weaves into the book, however, is her exploration of sisterly rifts and bonds and family secrets shrouded by time.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Family saga, mystery, and myth intersect in Feldman’s debut novel. . . .vivid, imaginative.” —Booklist

“In her spellbinding debut novel, Stephanie Feldman tells an epic tale of mystery, discovery, and familial love…moving, mature, and deeply original.” —Ploughshares

“[F]illed with magic, faith, love, rejection, loyalty, family, secrecy, loss, and adventure.”—Jewish Book World    

“Feldman’s prose is intelligent, engaging, and at times figurative. . . .[and] demonstrates a versatile virtuosity impressive for a debut work.”—New York Journal of Books

“Feldman’s debut novel is an unusual combination of literary thriller, family drama, and Jewish mysticism. . . .Fans of Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian or the works of Lev Grossman will find something here in a similar vein.” —Library Journal

“Beautifully constructed and just plain beautiful.” —BOOKRIOT

Named as one of the “Essential Books Coming in 2014” by io9

About the Book

About the Book

This book makes connections between mythopoeic fantasy—works that engage the numinous—and the critical apparatuses of ecocriticism and posthumanism. Drawing from the ideas of Rudolf Otto in The Idea of the Holy, mythopoeic fantasy is a means of subverting normative modes of perception to both encounter the numinous and to challenge the perceptions of the natural world. Beginning with S.T. Coleridge’s theories of the imagination as embodied in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the book moves on to explore standard mythopoeic fantasists such as George MacDonald, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Taking a step outside these men, particularly influenced by Christianity, the concluding chapters discuss Algernon Blackwood and Ursula Le Guin, whose works evoke the numinous without a specifically Christian worldview.

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Congratulations to Sandor whose first book has been published by McFarland, which analyzes the fiction of Neil Gaiman, P. K. Dick, and Stanislaw Lem (and Agatha Christie, for those who are interested in the somewhat fantastic stories of hers.) .

Congratulations to Donald Morse and his wife for their new book, The Binding Strength of Irish Studies. It’s a real work of love and we’re delighted about this accomplishment!

The Binding Strength of Irish Studies: Festschrift in Honour of Csilla Bertha and Donald E. Morse. Eds. Marianna Gula, Mária Kurdi, and István D. Rácz. Debrecen: Debrecen University Press, 2011.