Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough

The Depth of Grandparents’ Love

Lilith’s Fiction Editor Yona Zeldis McDonough speaks to memoirist and novelist Kathryn Harrison about her latest foray into family history, On Sunset.

A Female Friendship From the Catskills to the Wider World

As Alice Rosenthal's novel of friendship, Bess and Frima, unfolds, the menace of world war is growing, and Beth and Frima must grow up fast. Balancing love, ambition, religion, family, and politics, each young woman faces challenges she never imagined in her girlhood. Fiction Editor Yona Zeldis McDonough talks to author Alice Rosenthal about the personal history she mined to write this tender story.

The Book That Teaches Children About a Jewish Prima Ballerina

Lily falls in love with ballet—but can this fragile girl ever become a serious dancer? Fiction Editor (and lifelong balletomane) talks to author Krystyna Poray Goddu about her informative and charming new picture book.

An Ode to Iris Apfel

Jews and fabric go together like, well, bagels and lox. In Europe many Jews sold fabrics, or were tailors and rag peddlers—while in this country, Jews have been integrally connected to the garment industry, both in New York City, and in cities elsewhere, like Dallas, for decades.  This new book situates Iris Apfel firmly within that tradition.

Dispatches From an Anxious Life

 Plagued with fear that her friends and family will be taken from her if she’s not watching—that her mother will die, or forget she has children and just move away—Amanda treats every parting as her last. Shuttled between a barefoot bohemian life with her mother in Greenwich Village, and a sanitized, stricter world of affluence uptown with her father, Amanda has little she can depend on. And when Etan Patz disappears down the block from their MacDougal Street home, she can’t help but believe that all her worst fears are about to come true. 

Isolated Mothers, Searching for Miracles

The reader knows by page one of Queen for a Day that Mimi Slavitt’s three-year-old son is autistic, but if anyone told her, she wouldn’t listen, because she doesn’t want to know—until at last Danny’s behavior becomes so strange even she can’t ignore it. After her son’s diagnosis, Mimi finds herself in a world nearly… Read more »