The Bridal Chair

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6.94 X 8.03 X 1.24 inches | 1.18 pounds

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About the Author

Gloria Goldreich is the author of Leah's Journey, which won the National Jewish book Award for fiction, and of its sequel Leah's Children. Her novel Four Days received the Jewish Federation Arts and Letters Award and West to Eden was the featured selection of the Troll Book Club. Her subsequent novels for adults as well as for younger readers have received critical acclaim. Her essays and short fiction have appeared in Commentary, Moment, McCall's, Redbook, Ms, Ladies Home Journal and Chatelaine and other publications. The mother of three adult children and the grandmother of eight widely scattered grandchildren, she and her attorney husband reside in Westchester County, New York.


"Only Gloria Goldreich could write a novel so grounded in historical truths yet so exuberantly imaginative. THE BRIDAL CHAIR is Goldreich at her best, with a mesmerizing plot, elegant images, and a remarkable heroine who shines through the whole. Ida Chagall will remain with you long after you've read the last page of her story. And her father's art will never seem the same." - Francine Klagsbrun, acclaimed author and columnist for Jewish Week
"In prose as painterly and evocative as Chagall's own dazzling brush strokes, Gloria Goldreich finely evokes the days and nights of one of the most significant masters of modern art. Through the discerning eyes of Ida, Chagall's loyally protective daughter, we see his peril as a Jew in Nazi-overrun Europe, his heated competitiveness, his contentiousness as husband and father, his consuming immersion in his work. Here is history as story-telling, and story-telling as intimate portraiture, as poignant and arresting as Chagall's own airborne and dreamlike figures; and here also is a question to tantalize readers: Must the artist's character match the enchantments of his art?" - Cynthia Ozick, award-winning author of Foreign Bodies
"An ambitious work by a talented author... It is a story of quiet power and provides a fascinating look into the dynamics of a family. This is Goldreich at her best!" - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
"Goldreich's portrait of a major artist and his daughter is fascinating." - Booklist
"Filled with fascinating details about the art world and colorful real-life characters, this novel may appeal to historical fiction fans who enjoyed Natasha Solomons's The House at Tyneford and Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key." - Library Journal