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Ellen Umansky


Ellen Umansky

Ellen Umansky has published fiction and nonfiction in a variety of venues, including the New York Times, Salon, Playboy, and the short story anthologies LOST TRIBE: Jewish Fiction from the Edge and SLEEPAWAY: Writings on Summer Camp. She has worked in the editorial departments of The Forward, Tablet and The New Yorker. She grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Books by Ellen Umansky

by Ellen Umansky - Fiction

As the specter of war darkens Europe in 1939, Rose Zimmer’s parents manage to secure passage for their young daughter on a kindertransport and send her to live with strangers in England. Six years later, Rose cannot help but try to search out one piece of her childhood: the Chaim Soutine painting her mother had cherished. In modern-day Los Angeles, Lizzie Goldstein has returned home for her father’s funeral. The Soutine painting that she loved and had provided lasting comfort to her after her own mother had died was stolen, and has never been recovered. This painting will bring Lizzie and Rose together and ignite an unexpected friendship, eventually revealing long-held secrets that hold painful truths.