Jacob Paul reads from Sarah/Sara at 7:30pm, Tuesday, October 19, at Magers & Quinn.
An engrossing meditation on the meaning of faith, Sarah/Sara is the story of a young Orthodox Jewish woman who undertakes a solo kayaking journey across the Arctic Ocean after her parents are killed and she is disfigured by a terrorist bomb in a Jerusalem café. Haunted by her parents’ death, and in particular by memories of her father, a 9/11 survivor whose dream was to kayak through the Arctic, Sarah embarks on her expedition unprepared for the strenuous physical and emotional trial that lies ahead. What begins as a series of diary entries on her struggle with faith ends in a fight for survival, as Sarah slowly comes to realize that she is lost in the Arctic wilderness with the ice closing in around her.
Jacob Paul is the author of the novel Sarah/Sara, which Poets & Writers called one of the best first fictions of 2010. He lives, writes, cycles, skis, and teaches creative writing in Salt Lake City, Utah, when he is not teaching at the University of Utah or Westminster College. A 9/11 World Trade Center survivor, he won the Utah Writers’ Contest in 2008 and the Richard Scowcroft Prize in 2007. He is originally from New York City.
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