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Sigal Samuel: The Mystics of Mile End

(Fiction, 320 pp. 2015)

In Montreal’s Mile End neighborhood, shared by hipsters and Hassidic Jews, a professor of Jewish mysticism is diagnosed with an unusual heart murmur, becoming convinced that his heart is whispering divine secrets. When his frenzied attempts to ascend the Tree of Life lead to tragedy, his children set out separately to finish what he’s started.

  • Discussion Questions from
  • Review by Elie Lichstein, Jewish Book Council
  • Review by Michael Regenstreif, Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, June 22, 2015, p. 30
  • Review by Anna Leventhal, Montreal Review of Books, May 25, 2015
  • Ann Cohen interviews Elie Lichstein, Forward, October 13, 2015
  • Audio interview, CJSW (23 min.), June 2015