Artwork by Julie Bolton
Blume Lempel was born in 1907 in Khorostkov, Galicia (now Ukraine), immigrated to Paris in 1929, and fled to New York just before World War II. She wrote in Yiddish into the 1990's. Acclaimed for a narrative style that is noteworthy for its abrupt detours, psychological acuteness, foregrounding of women's concerns, and contemporary settings, she received literary prizes on both sides of the Atlantic. She died in 1999.