Ruchama King Feuerman was born in Nashville, grew up in Virginia and Maryland, and when she was seventeen, bought a one-way ticket to Israel to seek her spiritual fortune. Her mother hails from Casablanca where her family lived for centuries. Seven Blessings (St. Martin’s Press), her celebrated first novel about match-making, earned her the praise of The New York Times and the Dallas Morning News, and Kirkus Reviews dubbed Feuerman the “Jewish Jane Austen.” She wrote her second novel, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, with the help of grants from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, and she is a winner of the 2012 Moment Magazine Short Fiction Prize, selected by the novelist Walter Mosley.
This novel, set in Jerusalem, is the story of two expatriate Americans—a kabbalist’s assistant and a beautiful motorcycle-riding woman—and an Arab janitor, whose lives become intertwined in a variety of ways in the courtyard of an elderly kabbalist and his wife.