Fiction; Creative Nonfiction; Jewish History; Women’s History; 17th Century England and Philosophy
M.A., New York University
A.B., Princeton University
Rachel Kadish is the author of the novels From a Sealed Room and Tolstoy Lied: a Love Story. Her short fiction has been read on NPR and has appeared in Zoetrope, Prairie Schooner, New England Review, The Gettysburg Review, Story, and Bomb, in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Lost Tribe: New Jewish Fiction from the Edge, and in various other anthologies. Her essays have appeared in Moment, Lilith, and Tin House magazines, as well as in anthologies such as The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt and Who We Are: On Being (And Not Being) a Jewish Writer in America.
She is a graduate of Princeton University, and holds an M.A. in creative writing from New York University. She has been a fiction fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Harvard/Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute. She has won the John Gardner Fiction Award as well as the Koret Foundation’s Young Writer on Jewish Themes award, and was a writer-in-residence at Stanford University. She lives outside Boston and teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at Lesley University’s M.F.A. program.
Kindness is a novel about the seductions of martyrdom, and about the consequences of one woman’s refusal to embrace her own death. The novel intertwines the story of a hidden Jewish community in 17th Century London with that of the contemporary historians who unearth its surviving documents.
Kadish, Rachel. From a Sealed Room. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
Kadish, Rachel. Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006.