HYSTERA, by Leora Skolkin-Smith, Finalist in Global E-Books Award

Fiction Studio Books Announces Novel Set in a Psychiatric Hospital in 1974 Award Finalist

NEW YORK, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Hystera, by Leora Skolkin-Smith has been selected as a Finalist in the Global E-Books Award, 2012. Category: Multicultural Literature. Winners will be announced at a Gala Event in Santa Barbara on August 18.

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Leora Skolkin-Smith was first published by the late Grace Paley in Ms. Paley own imprint at Glad Day Books. Grace Paley also nominated her novel for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Her first novel, THE FRAGILE MISTRESS is in pre-production at Triboro Pictures for a Major Feature Film.

"Hystera is a haunting, mesmerizing story of madness, longing and identity, set against one of the most fascinating times in NYC history. Skolkin-Smith's alchemy is to inhabit her characters even as she crafts a riveting story that is nothing short of brilliant." Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of "Pictures of You", Reviewer
"Inside a psychiatric ward in the 1970's, Leora Skolkin-Smith's HYSTERA takes you on a ride through the wilderness of a young woman's emotional trauma and breakdown, and seizes upon the intricacies of mental health, our phobias, and fears around it. Brilliantly envisioned, this story of passion and familial dysfunction, bears witness to an exquisite reknitting of a young woman's soul, told in language that is brave, startling, an ultimately tender and wise."
--Jessica Keener, author of Night Swim
"Leora Skolkin-Smith's novel Hystera is an unforgettable story of mental illness. Set in the New York City of the 1970s, the book is told in precise language that sears the characters into your consciousness."
--LargeHearted Boy
"Leora Skolkin-Smith's new novel, "Hystera," provides a very vivid sense of being in the head of someone having a psychotic breakdown, and is a powerfully useful reference book for dealing with the mental-health system. It also pungently evokes the gritty New York of the '70s."
-Robert Whitcomb, reviewer "The Providence Journal"
From RAGMAG, An International Magazine of Culture, Art, Entertainment, Reviewer, Amal Chaaban
"Someone once said that literature is either weighty and wise or interesting and captivating. Skolkin-Smith puts this to rest in HYSTERA. Lilly is a student in the 1970's at Sarah Lawrence College who experiences her life slip away from her in short mental breaks. One night she swallows too many pills mixed with alcohol and then checks herself into the psychiatric ward at the state hospital. What follows there is a collage of sights, feelings and sounds as Lilly attempts to both fit in with the patient yet keep some part of herself essentially separate. Lilly parents are both alive and the mother figures very heavily in her illness though it is only hinted at until Lilly is unable to avoid her at random meetings. As Lilly journeys (sometimes very unwillingly) back to a healthy state, she alternates between fear of herself, fear of her body that strangely border on paranoid regarding others' intention towards her and a stubborn belief that she deserves punishment for a tragic occurrence many years prior. This book is a tragically beautiful reminder of how fragile mental health really is."


Leora's Skolkin-Smith recent Hystera was published by Lou Aronica, The Fiction Studio Books. Hystera was a Finalist in The International Book Awards, 2012 and a Finalist in The National Indie Excellence Awards, 2012. . Recently, her novels were selected by Princeton University as part of a series on women writers whose background is from the Middle East and whose work is personal, reflecting the current diaspora. The Princeton Series in funded by The National Endowment of the Humanities and called: "The Fertile Crescent Moon Series."
Leora's first published novel, EDGES was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley's own imprint at Glad Day books. EDGES was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award by Grace PaleyTHE FRAGILE MISTRESS, a feature film based on EDGES, is currently in pre-production, scheduled to begin shooting on location in Jerusalem, Jordan, and New York, produced by Triboro Pictures, directed by Michael Gunther. http://www.thefragilemistress.com
Articles by Leora Skolkin-Smith have appeared in The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The National Book Critic's Circle, "Critical Mass", "Readysteadybook.com", the Quarterly Review
Excerpts from HYSTERA were first published by Persea Books, and recently appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review. Recent publications include a piece from THE FRAGILE MISTRESS, which appeared in Guernica Magazine in 2010.

Fiction Studio Booka is a new imprint from Lou Aronica, Former Publisher of Avon Books and Berkley Books, and Deputy Publisher of Bantam Books

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