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Short Novel about Turkish Jew Wins 2012 Leapfrog Press Award

Jane Mushabac’s novella about a Turkish Jew, The Hundred Year Old Man, has won Honorable Mention in the 2012 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest for manuscripts of novels, novellas, and short story collections. Writers in fifteen countries submitted over five hundred works to the contest.

From the Leapfrog Press website: “The Hundred Year Old Man is a short novel about a Turkish Jew born early in the 20th century in the fast deteriorating Ottoman Empire. He is from a city on the Strait of Dardanelles, a narrow waterway at the center of the world, dividing Europe from Asia.   In a time of war and scarcity, the main character seeks survival. He is looking for food and meaning. The book’s brief episodes go back and forth in time, and include glimpses of the countryside in early 1900s Turkey and the streetscapes of late 1900s New York.  <!–more–>

Jane Mushabac has had fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and Harvard University.  Her writing about Judeo-Spanish characters includes a radio play, Mazal Bueno, commissioned for NPR broadcast with Tovah Feldshuh in the lead, and a short story in Judeo-Spanish.  Her fiction has appeared in ChautauquaMidstreamConversations, and Sephardic Horizons and has been anthologized. A Short and Remarkable History of New York City, which she co-authored, was selected as a “Best of the Best” by the American Association of University Presses and is in its fifth printing. Her writing on Melville has appeared in an MLA anthology. Mushabac teaches creative writing at City University of New York, where she is associate professor of English.”