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Winner of the New American Fiction Prize 
Coming in June 2024
Now available for pre-order!
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"A stunning collection of literary excellence."

   Weike Wang, author of Chemistry and Joan is Okay

"...funny and harrowing stories...excellent collection that addresses difficult issues of Jewish identity and social expectations about marriage and family with complexity." Foreward Reviews

"Elegant and heartbreakingly true stories." 

    Eileen Pollack, author of Maybe It's Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman

"Wise and thought provoking."

   Alice Elliot Dark, author of Fellowship Point

"This book is beautiful and wonderfully readable. I loved it." 

   Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love

"Few writers see so deeply into their characters' lives."
   Dawn Raffel, author of Boundless as the Sky


Joan Leegant's story collection, DISPLACED PERSONS: STORIES, winner of the New American Fiction Prize, will be out in June 2024. Her earlier books won the PEN/New England Book Award, the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and finalist citation  for the National Jewish Book Award and selection as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. From 2007 to 2013, Joan was the visiting writer at Bar-Ilan University outside Tel Aviv where she also gave talks on American literature and culture under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy and was a volunteer ESL teacher for African refugees and asylum seekers, experiences that made their way into her fiction. She lives in Newton, Massachusetts. 


"In the funny and harrowing short stories of Joan Leegant’s excellent collection Displaced Persons, characters navigate myriad forms of displacement, from putting a new life together after divorce to finding their place in an adopted country....stories [that] address difficult issues of Jewish identity and social expectations about marriage and family with complexity."



Displaced Persons

Wherever You Go

An Hour in Paradise

My Books

Literary Modi’in (virtual) Click here for link.

Sunday, June 9, 2024, 1 PM EDT

Boston Hadassah Tikvah Chapter

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Westbury Memorial Library, Westbury, NY (virtual)

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Jewish Federation of Binghamton, NY

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Congregation Beth Israel, Worcester, MA

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Temple Beth Abraham, Nashua, NH

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Congregation B’nai Israel, Northampton, MA

Sunday, November 3, 2024, 10:30 AM

Temple Israel, Boston, MA

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Temple Beth Elohim, Acton

Sunday, November 17, 2024, 7 PM


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