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Sharon Hart-Green

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*Chosen as an Editors' Choice Book by the


 *Short-listed for The Goethe Award

               for Historical Fiction


Advance Praise for Come Back for Me

Writing with a historian’s luminous clarity and a fictionist’s hard-won freedom to imagine the past, Sharon Hart-Green takes the modern Jewish novel to new heights. Come Back for Me both captivates and rewards the reader."—Maxim D. Shrayer, author of Yom Kippur in Amsterdam

Evocative and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Come Back for Me is a must read for anyone with a moral conscience and a soul." Leah Kaminsky, winner of the Voss Literary Prize for her debut novel, The Waiting Room 

Come Back for Me is both the lovely coming of age story of a young woman in 1960's Toronto and a darkly shadowed tale of a scarred Jewish family that wends its way from the Nazi occupation of Hungary through Mandate Palestine, England and Israel. Beyond its riveting plot it is a novel about the loss and recovery of love. Sharon Hart-Green writes with great generosity of heart and a searing sense of what it means to be buffeted by history."Jonathan Wilson, author of A Palestine Affair

A gripping tale told from a place in the heart that is both broken and alive.  Anyone who has ever lost something precious and human will follow Artur on his heartbreaking and hopeful journey."

Ruchama King Feuerman, author of In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

This wonderful debut novel, with great sensitivity and tenderness, captures the emotional contours of loss and renewal that haunts the post-Holocaust universe.  And even with all the grief that comes from such tales of lives ruptured and recaptured, Hart-Green's novel is a joy to read.  We will no doubt see more books from her." Thane Rosenbaum, author of The Golems of Gotham


For Jews at least, as Sharon Hart-Green well knows, history is always family history. In her novel, Come Back for Me, Hart-Green explores the trauma and loss of one extended family as it clashes with life’s insistence upon being lived. Heartfelt and rich in detail, the story unfurls across a large canvas, spanning a quarter century and three continents. Unflinching in its portrayal of devastation and renewal, COME BACK FOR ME is an impressive, ambitious, and highly readable debut." Joseph Skibell, author of A Curable Romantic

With tenderness and clarity, Sharon Hart-Green's novel tells the story of how one generation transforms inherited trauma into a hopeful future. This is a lovely debut."Amy Gottlieb, author of The Beautiful Possible 

Sharon Hart-Green writes passionately and intelligently about trauma, history and the true meaning of home. This novel is poignant and compassionate, vividly evoked and deeply satisfying." Molly Antopol, author of The Unamericans

In this compassionate debut novel, Sharon Hart-Green takes her readers on a heart-wrenching journey that moves from Hungary to Canada to Israel.  Come Back for Me is a deeply affecting novel that explores  unbearable loss and the possibility of starting again."Tova Mirvis, author of The Ladies Auxiliary

 Reviews, Print Interviews, and Published Excerpts

  • "Becoming a Writer of Jewish Fiction" (blog post for University of Toronto Press) Aug. 22, 2019. (click to read)

  • Review and Interview by Sydney Anderson, in The Singing Librarian (blog). July 11, 2018.


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Advance Praise




COME BACK FOR ME: A NOVEL        Click here for excerpt:



  • Book talk on Come Back for Me.  The Thornhill Book Club. Thornhill, Ont (Upcoming: March 11 , 2020)

  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, at National Council of Jewish Women,  Thornhill, Ont  (Oct. 23, 2019)

  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, at The Women's League Convention, Toronto (June 3, 2019)

  • Public Talk: "Come Back for Me: Trauma and Healing in the Life of the 20th Century Jew." Kehilas Bais Yehuda (KBY), Wesley Hills, NY (May 19, 2019)

  • Public talk. " Engaging with Modern Israel: Writing, teaching, and translating." The iCenter. Chicago, Il (May 9, 2019)

  • Public talk. "The Ethics of Writing Fiction about the Holocaust." The Writers' Beit Midrash, Joseph & Mae Gray Cultural Learning Center, Highland Park, Illinois (May 8, 2019)

  • Book Talk on Come Back for Me, at The Standard Club, Chicago, Il (May 7, 2019)

  • Book Talk on Come Back for Me, at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, Women's Author night , Toronto (Mar. 19, 2019)

  • Book signing, Ontario Library Association Super Conference. Metro Convention Centre, Toronto (Jan. 31, 2019)

  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, at Brandeis Alumni Association. Toronto Chapter (Nov. 28, 2018)

  • Book Talk on Come Back for Me: "My Journey from Judaic Scholar to Novelist". B'nai Torah, Toronto (Nov. 14, 2018)

  • Public talk. "Writing Fiction about the Holocaust: Is it Possible?" Holocaust Remembrance Week, JCC, Buffalo, NY (Nov.11, 2018)
  • Book Talk on Come Back for Me. Bernard Betel Centre, Toronto  (Oct. 30, 2018)

  • Interview by Ellen Sherman, Producer of Women’s Watch, on WBZ Boston  (Oct. 24, 2018)

  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, at Beth Emeth Synagogue, Toronto (Oct. 18, 2018)

  • Radio Interview,  The Authors Show (Oct. 9, 2018)

  • Short-listed for the Goethe Award for Historical Fiction, Chanticleer Book Reviews (Sept. 13, 2018)

  • Book Talk on Come Back for Me. Hosted by Temple Beth Tzedek & Buffalo Hadassah, Buffalo, NY (Aug. 28, 2017)

  • Book signing. The Great Buffalo Jewbilee, Buffalo, NY (Aug. 19, 2018)

  • Long-listed for the Goethe Award for Historical Fiction, Chanticleer Book Reviews (July 23, 2018)

  • Radio interview. Interviewed by James Kelly on Aspects of Writing (May 25, 2018)

  • Public talk: "On Writing a Jewish Novel." National Council of Jewish Women, Toronto (May 10, 2018)
  • Book talk on Come Back for Me.  Women's Author Series. Mt. Kisco Hebrew Congregation, Mt. Kisco, NY (April 23. 2018)

  • Book Talk on Come Back for Me, Beit Chaverim synagogue, Westport, Connecticut. Sunday,April 22, 2018

  • Book talk on Come Back for Me. Brooklyn Public Library (Kings Bay Branch), Brooklyn, NY.  April 18, 2018

  • Book Talk on Come Back for Me, Trident Booksellers, 338 Newbury Street, Boston (April 16, 2018 ) Event cancelled due to fire at store.
  • Public Talk: "The Rise of Modern Jewish Literature out of the Yiddish Tradition," Newton Free Library, Boston (April 11, 2018)
  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, at Shaarei Beth El, Oakville, Ontario (March 21, 2018)
  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, at Thornhill Book Club, Thornhill, Ontario (March 8, 2018)

  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, at AACI, (Americans and Canadians in Israel) Jerusalem, Israel (February 20, 2018)
  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, Beth Tikvah Book Club, Toronto (Feb. 12, 2018)
  • Book signing. Indigo Books, 8705 Yonge St., Richmond Hill, Ont ( Jan. 21, 2018)
  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, Naamat (Aviva chapter), Toronto (Jan. 4, 2018)
  • Book talk on Come Back for Me, Vancouver Jewish Book Festival, Vancouver, BC (Nov. 26, 2017)

The New Jewish Press invites you to celebrate the launch of Come Back for Me: A Novel by Sharon Hart-Green. Come hear the author read from her novel and learn what inspired her to write this powerful debut.

Date: June 7, 2017

Time: 7-9 pm

Place: Type Books, 883 Queen St. West, Toronto

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Light refreshments will be served.



For inquiries, please contact agent Amaryah Orenstein:

               Tel: 617-981-5151    Email:

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