Tova Reich is the author of My Holocaust: A Novel (HarperCollins, 2007), The Jewish War: A Novel (Pantheon Books, 1995), Master of the Return (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988), and Mara: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978). Her stories have appeared in AGNI, the Atlantic, Commentary, Conjunctions, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere and have been included in several anthologies. She has contributed essays and book reviews to the New Leader, the New Republic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wilson Quarterly, and other publications.
During her fellowship year, Reich intends to complete a new novel, “One Hundred Philistine Foreskins,” which tells the story of a formidable woman rabbi and sage in Jerusalem who achieves unprecedented power and influence as a guru and radical religious leader with a devoted following. The novel aims to apply the clarifying lens of humor and satire to the ecstasies and excesses of religious experience and to the place of women within that world. She will also work on a collection of short stories.
Reich has taught literature and writing at a number of universities, including the University of Maryland in its MFA program. Among the prizes she has received for her writing are the Edward Lewis Wallant Book Award and the National Magazine Award for fiction.