Bound in the Bond of Life: Pittsburgh Writers Reflect on the Tree of Life Tragedy

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This anthology of writing by Pittsburgh writers will be published on October 27, 2020.  To purchase, go to my local independent bookstore Classic Lines for copies signed by both editors or the publisher, University of Pittsburgh Press

“This remarkable collection is a powerful testament to how individuals and communities cope with an act of unbelievable violence. ” Publisher’s Weekly

“The book was more than a powerful read. It insisted that I feel what I didn’t want to, what I tried to blot out. It took me somewhere. I wasn’t in Squirrel Hill on that day in late October. I wasn’t a witness. But through this book, to paraphrase the critic Irving Howe, I became a witness to the witnesses.” Novelist Ruchama King Feuerman in Scoundrel Time

“The Pittsburgh journalists, spiritual leaders, historians, writers, poets and academics presented in the collection share their pain, fear, confusion and anger in writings that are scholarly and personal, raw and profound.” David Rullo in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

“Anthologies by their very nature can be uneven, but each of the essays in this book is an accomplished, genuine and exquisite paean to the tragedy.” Judy Bolton Fasman in Jewish Boston.

“The voices that animate this collection are varied and stunning. ” Jody diPerna, Pittsburgh Current.

“the essays in the book explore the many small steps that take place long after the public attention shifts elsewhere. By doing so, they offer us more than a glimpse into other people’s experience; they reveal to us their courage and resilience, and offer inspiration when it comes to our own lives.”  Rachel Sharansky Danziger in the Times of Israel.

“The book contains beautifully written essays about the myriad ways in which people grapple with horror and grief. ”  Deena Yellin in

“it offers reflections from various contributors, each from a unique perspective and place in the community. Together, they attempt to remember the day and its victims, come to terms with their experiences, and find a way forward in hope.”  Pastor Ross Carmichael in the Christian Century

“And in truth, despite the challenges in reading a book like this, I couldn’t put it down. The writing itself is phenomenal, and the grief is meant to be shared.” Sarah Davis Rudolph in Tradition: A Journal of Orthodox Jewish Thought