Mov­ing Waters

  • Review
By – April 27, 2012

Maybe you know these peo­ple. Maybe they’re your neigh­bors or your kids go to day school with their kids. Rosett invites us into the per­son­al, inter­nal moments of mem­bers of a Reform con­gre­ga­tion in Los Ange­les. Where we learn “…at this tem­ple in LA, the spir­i­tu­al lead­ers were all some­what beau­ti­ful.” The SAG-card-car­ry­ing rab­bi who plays one on TV. The wife of a TV writer, learn­ing to fit in as a new­ly con­vert­ed Jew­ish woman. Con­gre­gants strug­gle with love, death, and fam­i­ly, while draw­ing on Jew­ish rit­u­al to under­stand what they’re expe­ri­enc­ing. We spend a few min­utes or hours with these char­ac­ters, like a Sun­day night TV dra­ma. Which is a nat­ur­al fit for Rosett’s writ­ing, con­sid­er­ing her resume includes writ­ing cred­its on thir­tysome­thing and Blos­som. But the short sto­ry col­lec­tion isn’t all lights and show busi­ness. Rosett also won the Moment Mag­a­zine-Kar­ma Foun­da­tion Prize for Jew­ish short fic­tion and the Lilith Fic­tion Prize. Expect more great things from this new (yet expe­ri­enced) voice in Jew­ish fiction.

Book Cov­er Corner

Ever won­der about the sto­ry behind a book’s cov­er? Well, we do. All the time. We recent­ly sat down with the design team behind the cov­er of Racelle Roset­t’s col­lec­tion of sto­ries Mov­ing Waters to find out more about the cov­er. Read the arti­cle here.

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