Yona Zeldis McDonough’s In Dahlia’s Wake (Doubleday, 2005), tells the simultaneously wrenching and romantic story of a Brooklyn Jewish couple (lovers since college) whose closely-woven life tears apart when their young daughter dies suddenly in a freak accident. The romance each falls into and the wisdom of an Alzheimer’s-drifting grandmother gradually help them re-weave the fabric of their relationship. Yona Zeldis McDonough, Lilith fiction editor, is the author also of the novel The Four Temperaments and editor of the anthologies The Barbie Chronicles and All The Available Light: A Marilyn Monroe Reader, plus several books for children.
Marge Piercy, Lilith’s poetry editor, is the author of 17 novels, as well as books of poetry. Her latest novel. Sex Wars (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2005), deals with gender, power, and the American Dream in 19th Century New York City. The characters include some of the most notorious in American history, but the plot also brings to life a Jewish woman who is a social activist on the Lower East Side. Interwoven with Freydeh’s story in the post-Civil War period are the lives of real-life heroines like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. Sex Wars has been chosen as a selection of the Quality Paperback Book Club.