Woman of Valor

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Scotia Road Books
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.65 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author
Lynne Golodner is the author of ten books and thousands of articles as well as a marketing entrepreneur, writing coach and host of the Make Meaning Podcast. After working as a journalist in New York and Washington, D.C., Lynne returned to her native Detroit to pursue a freelance writing career and teach writing. In 2007, she created Your People, a marketing and public relations company with a focus on storytelling that guides authors in building their brands and marketing their work. In 2023, Lynne founded Scotia Road Books, an independent publishing imprint for women over 40. Lynne's writing has appeared in 45th Parallel, Moment Magazine, Great Lakes Review, Saveur, the Chicago Tribune, Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, the Detroit Free Press, Porridge Magazine, the Jewish Literary Journal, The Good Life Review, Hadassah Magazine, The Forward, Valiant Scribe, Story Unlikely, The Dillydoun Review, QuibbleLit, bioStories and YourTango, among many more publications. Plus, one of Lynne's essays was a finalist in the Annie Dillard Creative Nonfiction contest at Bellingham Review.Lynne teaches writing around the world, leads writers retreats and facilitates The Writers Community. She fuses her marketing expertise with her writing background in webinars and masterminds focused on arming writers with the tools to market their work and build consistent author brands.A former Fulbright Specialist, Lynne graduated from University of Michigan (BA, Communications/English) and Goddard College (MFA, Writing) and earned a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University. She is the mother of four young adults and lives in Huntington Woods, Michigan with her archivist-husband Dan.Find Lynne: https: //lynnegolodner.com.

When Sally Lieberman's Orthodox family is faced with a traumatic scandal, the fallout pits husband and wife against each other. Sally, anguished and unmoored, grapples with the shocking revelation, while finding strength and comfort through running. There, she questions her Jewish identity, her marriage, and ultimately the man she believed was the love of her young life. What ensues is a moving story of family, sacrifice, and the power of mature, fulfilling love. Golodner is a wonderful writer who tackles tough subjects with sensitivity and wit while delivering a heartfelt, satisfying read.

Rochelle B. Weinstein, Bestselling author of This Is Not How It Ends

The literary and film worlds have devotedly explored the constraints imposed on women in contemporary religious Jewish communities, often concluding that escape from those communities is the only redress for strong thoughtful women. Lynne Golodner's Woman of Valor offers a different premise and alternate solutions to the tropes of misogyny, communal insularity and subjugation that characterize many representations of ultra-orthodox communities. Sally walks the reader through her life, beginning 10 years into her choice to become an orthodox Jew, willingly leaving her secular upbringing on the heels of a humiliating, ruinous breakup with her first love. Occasional doubts and memories of her former life sometimes intrude but do not disrupt - until events at her son's school and a casual reconnection to her former lover change everything, calling into question her choices and threatening her hard-won stability and contentment. Golodner's skill in developing Sally's character- flawed, authentic and dimensional- keeps the reader engaged in real conflicts without resorting to caricature. Sally's resolution of these dilemmas avoids the all-or-none dichotomies, and is nuanced in a believable way. This Woman of Valor tells an important contemporary story of faith, love, devotion and self-determination.

Barbara Stark-Nemon, author of Even in Darkness & Hard Cider

An engaging and thought-provoking exploration of identity, faith, family, and love. What if? This essential question is in some ways at the heart of Woman of Valor. What if my life were different? Lynne Golodner has written a brave heroine who inhabited two worlds and ultimately chooses the one readers least expect -- but where there is symmetry and beauty in rules and tradition.

Nancy Sharp, author of Both Sides Now

Set in a world most will never experience, Lynne Golodner's fascinating novel about an Orthodox Jewish woman's fight to protect her children from a threat within her community explores the most universal of themes. This thought-provoking story of a marriage in crisis raises tough questions about family love and loyalty, devotion to one's faith, and what it means to truly belong to a community. A deeply relatable tale in an intriguing setting.

Tammy Pasterick, author, Beneath the Veil of Smoke and Ash

Overflowing with wisdom and a testament to deep, abiding love, Lynne Golodner has penned a riveting and propulsive account of a mother and wife caught between worlds, a past she ran away from that returns to haunt her and an uncertain future that threatens the sanctity of her home. Exquisitely written and profoundly human at its core. WOMAN OF VALOR is a must-read.

Ly Ky Tran, author of House of Sticks: A Memoir