by Bev Greenberg

Jewish Heroines in Victorian London

In her acclaimed first novelThe River Mid night, Toronto author Lilian Mattel delin- eated the complex relationships among the men and women living in a Polish village at the turn of the last century. Her second work of fiction is even more ambitious, spanning 25 years in the same era. The Singing Fire explores gender, class and ethnicity in the lives of two Jewish female immigrants who reinvent themselves soon after landing in England.

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