Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter
Received this little guy in the mail today and fell for the cover, paper quality, and interior page layout. It’s clearly been shown some TLC from its publisher, Ronald P. Frye & Company. Unfortunately, it appears to only be available in Canada right now, but crossing fingers for an American release soon.
An old blue couch is heisted away by neighbourhood thieves; a comforter from Poland undergoes a new utilitarian transformation; a prayershawl may have ended up on the wrong shoulders; a synagogue kiddush club faces a crisis of whiskey drought — these and other situations give rise to humourous and hilarious predicaments for the characters in this collection of endearing and deliciously comic stories. The Old Blue Couch and Other Stories, for both its warmth and wit, merits an honoured place at the literary banquet table.
Originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Naomi is the executive director of Jewish Book Council. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in English and Art History and, in addition, studied at University College London. Prior to her role as executive director, Naomi served as the founding editor of the JBC website and blog and managing editor of Jewish Book World. In addition, she has overseen JBC’s digital initiatives, and also developed the JBC’s Visiting Scribe series and Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation.