Queen Solomon, by Tamara Faith Berger

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Queen Solomon, by Tamara Faith Berger

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It's just another boring summer for our teenaged narrator — until Barbra arrives. An Ethiopian Jew, Barbra was brought to Israel at age five, a part of Operation Solomon, and now our narrator's well-intentioned father has brought her, as a teen, to their home for the summer. But Barbra isn't the docile and grateful orphan they expect, and soon our narrator, terrified of her and drawn to her in equal measure, finds himself immersed in compulsive psychosexual games with her, as she binge-drinks and lies to his family. Things go terribly wrong, and Barbra flees. But seven years later, as our narrator is getting his life back on track, with a new girlfriend and a master's degree in Holocaust Studies underway, Barbra shows up at our narrator's house once again, her "spiritual teacher" in tow, and our narrator finds his politics, and his sanity, back in question.

TAMARA FAITH BERGER is teaching “Writing Sex: A Practical Approach to the Obcene” at the Flying Books School of Reading & Writing this February and March (sign up!). She writes fiction, nonfiction, and screenplays and is the author of Lie With Me, The Way of the Whore (reprinted together by Coach House Books as Little Cat in 2013), Maidenhead, and Kuntalini. Queen Solomon, was published by Coach House Books in October 2018. Maidenhead was nominated for the Trillium Book Award and won the Believer Book Award. Her work has been published in Apology, Adult, Canadian Art, Taddle Creek, and Canadian Notes and Queries. She has a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

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