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Kim Chernin

Through poetry, fiction, and memoir, Kim Chernin powerfully reimagined her personal history and her Jewish identity. After studying in Europe and working on a kibbutz, Chernin returned to California and began her writing career. Her most famous book, In My Mother’s House, explores her memories of her mother and reconstructs the stories of generations of women in the family going back to the Russian shtetl. Over the course of her career, she wrote feminist poetry, fiction, and memoir, including a trilogy about eating disorders, Obsession, The Hungry Self, and Reinventing Eve. In her highly-praised The Flame Bearers, Chernin’s protagonist must take up her grandmother’s role as leader of a group of women mystics who maintain a Jewish faith from a time before women were excluded from Judaism. She has also written about the Israeli-Arab conflict in an experimental novel, Crossing the Border, and a collection of essays, Everywhere a Guest, Nowhere at Home.

Kim Chernin
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Kim Chernin.
Date of Birth
May 7, 1940
Place of Birth
Bronx, New York

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