October 2006: Kafka in Bronteland
has been awarded the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Literature 2006.
The $5,000 prize has previously been awarded to Dara Horn, David
Bezmozgis and Jonathan Rosen. The judges stated: "Every story in Tamar Yellin's
KAFKA IN BRONTELAND closes with the decisive, revelatory resonance that
marks the best examples of this literary form."
the full press release, see http://urj.org/pr/2006/rjfictionprize/
October 2006: The Genizah at the House of
Shepher has been awarded the Ribalow Prize for Jewish
Literature 2006. The award, presented annually by Hadassah Magazine,
the largest circulation Jewish publication in the U.S., honours an
author who has created an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish
theme. Past winners have included Lore Segal, Anne Roiphe, Louis Begley
and Aharon Appelfeld. The panel of judges included Elie Wiesel,
Jonathan Freedman and Jenna Blum. The prize will be awarded on December
12th in New York.
at the House
of Shepher is a finalist for the Ribalow Literary Prize.
Tamar Yellin has been featured by national UK
newspaper The Jewish Chronicle as one of five new British Jewish
novelists to watch. Publisher and bookseller Michael Joseph says: "Her
writing is assured, professional and profound. For me she's got a kind
of Vermeer pitch to her work, just a quiet quality. This novel is
beautifully crafted and combines all sorts of mythic and mundane themes
and ideas in a very assured way."
: Kafka in Bronteland receives
an enthusiastic review from
Bradford's Telegraph and Argus: "Yellin's dual heritage gives her a
voice that is quite often spiritual but grounded in no-nonsense
Yorkshireness, and her characters, while often quirky, are always
believable and the reader engages with them almost immediately." For
the full review see http://www.thisisbradford.co.uk/display.var.776303.0.0.php
A glowing review of 'Kafka in Bronteland' has
appeared in The
Guardian, describing "Tamar Yellin [as] ... a
writer of rare distinction."
'Kafka in Bronteland' has been
longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International
Short Story Award, the largest prize for an English language short
The Genizah at the House of Shepher has been shortlisted for the
Wingate Prize for fiction, alongside novels by Michael Arditti, Imre
Kertesz and Jean Molla. Previous winners of the prize include Amos Oz,
David Grossman, W. G. Sebald, Howard Jacobson and Zadie Smith. The
winner will be announced on 3rd May.
of Kafka in Bronteland have appeared in The
the Times Literary Supplement ("Redolent and suggestive, Tamar Yellin's
stories ... all share a dense ambition, layered with displacement, loss
and yearning"), JBooks.com
Christian Science Monitor.
Library Journal says: "Yellin writes beautifully and with great
insight... This masterly collection... is a tremendous success.
2006: A major review of 'The Genizah at the
House of Shepher' appears in the English language edition of
Israeli newspaper Ha'Aretz: "An intently observed,
fluent and inventive work, The Genizah at the House of Shepher
genuinely deserves the epithet 'a multi-layered work.' ... Yellin still
does not lose touch with the array of characters she has built and
whose lives she describes with care and illuminating detail. Due to
considerations of populism and publishing economics, this book is
unlikely to garner even a tiny percentage of the marketing bonanza
enjoyed by The Da Vinci Code, but it merits far
more than a niche readership." For the full text of the article, click here.
January 2006: The first
review of 'Kafka in Bronteland and other stories'
in ALA Booklist describes the stories as
'haunting.' "The people in them are strangely familiar in their
2005: 'Kafka in Bronteland and other stories' is due to
appear from the Toby Press in April 2006. For further details please
see the Toby
Press online catalogue. The book can also be
pre-ordered through Amazon here
or from Amazon UK here.
Yellin will be taking part in a literary evening alongside
award-winning Palestinian writer Samir El Youssef (co-author, with
Etgar Keret, of 'Gaza Blues')at Finchley Progressive Synagogue on
Sunday 27th November 2005 at 7:30 p.m. For contact and location details
please see the synagogue website at http://www.fps.org/index.html
2005: A profile of Tamar Yellin and the writing of
'The Genizah at the House of Shepher' appears in the current
edition of national UK publication 'Writers' News.'
5th 2005: An in-depth review from Gabriella
Elias-Bachrach in The Jerusalem Report: "The
vibrant descriptions are based on a subtle interspersing of Jewish
texts, bringing together midrash (allegory) and rabbinic quotes,
Biblical verses, liturgical expressions, sleights of familiar phrases
and passages. And indeed, the book has the feel, at times, of the
rabbinical writings, with their eclectic mix of fact and metaphor,
truth and wish... It is the interplay of the familiar and the
ought-to-be-familiar, the modern and the ancient, the parent and the
child, the choice and the chance, the real and the fantastic, that give
this novel its power and its fascination."
The Midwest Book Review says of the novel: "As much a
parable of the transformations in Jerusalem over a hundred and thirty
years as it is the story of one woman's struggle for identity and
search for answers, The Genizah At The House Of Shepher
is a deeply enthralling narrative of epic spiritual proportions."
22nd 2005: A reading and talk about 'The
Genizah at the House of Shepher' will take place at 2pm at
Thornton Library, Bradford, as part of Bradford Festival. For further
23rd 2005: Tamar
reads from and talks about the novel at Shomrei Torah Synagogue,
Tallahassee. A background article appears in the Tallahassee Democrat
7th 2005: An appreciative review appears from David
Barnett in Bradford's Telegraph and Argus: "The writing is
superb... The Genizah at the House of Shepher
deserves to scoop a literary award or two, but more importantly it
deserves a wide readership."
2005: An interview/background article appears in the Yorkshire
2005: Major US trade journal Bookpage celebrates
The Genizah at the House of Shepher as a "stunning book"
with "an inexhaustible richness."
2005: A background article with photographs appears in
the Spring issue of the Jewish Quarterly alongside
an extract from The Genizah at the House of Shepher.
25th 2005: Ynetnews.com, the
English edition of Yediot Aharonot, has lavishly
praised The Genizah at the House of Shepher,
comparing it to bestseller The Da Vinci Code: "A
Jewish-style Da Vinci Code saga... Rich in fascinating detail, typical
wit and humour." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3018521,00.html
March 1st 2005: Major US
trade journal Booklist has awarded The
Genizah at the House of Shepher a starred review:
"Impossible to put down... The story of the codex and the Shepher
family history are more than enough to pull this novel through with
beauty, deep love, and a timelessness that will likely make it a
15th 2005: The Genizah at the House of Shepher
has been praised by Library Journal: "Filled with
myth, mystery, and history, this novel gives the flavor of Jerusalem
neighborhoods through the modern era. Recommended."
7th 2005: The Genizah at the House of Shepher
has received a highly appreciative review from the leading American
book trade journal, Publisher's Weekly. The
review reads in part: 'The history of the family Shepher is a "record
of theft, domestic discord, mutual blame-laying and bad luck." Despite
that—or perhaps because of it—this British
author’s debut novel is warm and engrossing, rich with
historical detail and unmet yearning... More than anything, this
wide-ranging novel is a meditation on the power of the Holy City, able
to restore or shake the faith of whoever enters. As Shulamit notes, "Of
all the cities of the world Jerusalem has one of the shabbiest gates of
arrival, and coming or going one is greeted by graves."'
22nd 2005: An interview with Tamar Yellin, conducted by
Zoran Zivkovic, is now up at Fantastic Metropolis alongside an extract
from The Genizah at the House of Shepher and
Yellin's Read and Appreciated 2004. www.fantasticmetropolis.com.
15th 2005: The Genizah at the House of Shepher
has been praised in Kirkus Reviews, one of the
leading American library reviews, which describes it as "A warmly
portrayed, densely researched fictional history of a scattered Jewish
clan migrated to Jerusalem... a fascinating, labyrinthine journey,
joined to the modern-day suspense...Cohesively combines the epic and
personal sense of sorrow and nostalgia rooted in home."
background article about the inspiration behind
The Genizah at the House of Shepher is now up
on the Toby Press website at http://www.tobypress.com/books/genizah_origins.htm.
Genizah at the House of Shepher is due to
appear in March 2005 from The Toby Press.