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Sarit Yishai-Levi: The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem

(Fiction, 384 p. Hebrew 2013; English translation 2016)

Set against the golden age of Hollywood, the dark days of World War II, and the swinging ’70s, Gabriella recounts the story of her mother, Luna, uncovering shocking secrets, forbidden romances, and a family curse. This intergenerational saga, following unforgettable women as they forge their own paths through times of dramatic change, has been filmed for Israeli television.

Discussion questions from Macmillan Publishers

Review from Kirkus Reviews

Review by Dora Levy Mossanen, Huffington Post, December 6, 2018

Review by Renita Last, Jewish Book Council, March 31, 2016

Review by Susan Comninos, Haaretz, July 5, 2016

Introduction by Sarit Yishia-Levi (2 min. video)

Article about the television adaptation by Hannah Brown, Jerusalem Post, June 3, 2021