The Book of Jeremiah
"...a sensitive and nuanced portrayal of some of life's most painful and private moments." — Ilana Kurshan
"...a book that acknowledges the darkness while leading...us toward the light—and toward each other." — David Jauss
"These stories shimmer with tenderness and truth." — Anna Solomon
A moving and engrossing debut novel-in-stories, THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH, tells the story of awkward but endearing Jeremiah Gerstler—the son of Jewish immigrants, brilliant political science professor, husband, father. Jeremiah has yearned for respect and acceptance his entire life, and no matter his success, he still strives for more. Spanning eight decades and interwoven with the Jewish experience of the 20th century, Julie Zuckerman charts Jeremiah’s life from boyhood, through service in WWII, to marriage and children, a professorship and finally retirement, with compassion, honesty, and a respect that even Gerstler himself would find touching.
Julie's debut novel-in-stories, THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH, was the runner-up for the 2018 Press 53 Short Fiction Award and published in May 2019. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in CRAFT, Tikkun, Jewish Women’s Archives, Crab Orchard Review, The Coil, The SFWP Quarterly, Ellipsis, MoonPark Review, Sixfold, and The MacGuffin, among others. She has had a long career in high tech marketing and currently works full time as the senior director of product marketing at an educational tech company. A native of Connecticut, she lives in Modiin, Israel, with her husband and four children.