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Sharon Hart-Green
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*Winner of 2021 The Firebird Book Award for Historical                                                Fiction

*Chosen as an Editors' Choice Book by the

 *Short-listed for The Goethe Award

               for Historical Fiction

In The Press


Come Back For Me by Sharon Hart-Green, Jewish fiction



Bridging the Divide by Sharon Hart-Green, poems by Hava Pinhas-Cohen




Not a Simple Story by Sharon Hart-Green on Nobel author S.Y. Agnon




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Praise for Come Back for Me

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

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

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

 Reviews, Print Interviews, and Published Excerpts

  • Review in Israel Book Review (Aug. 2021)

  • "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.


        The Selected Poems of Hava Pinhas-Cohen

 Praise for Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide exposes English speakers to the rich oeuvre of the Jewish Israeli poet Hava Pinhas-Cohen, one of the most vivid and creative voices in current Israeli literature. Comprehensive and wonderfully translated, this collection is a spiritual and intellectual gift for lovers of poetry."  Ilana Szobel, Associate Professor, Brandeis University

I am delighted that the poems of major Israeli poet Hava Pinhas-Cohen have been translated into English. These translations are of the highest quality; they capture both the simplicity and the rich imagery of the originals." Naomi Sokoloff, Professor, University of Washington

Sharon Hart-Green takes on the challenges of the poet’s resonant Hebrew with judicious restraint, offering translations that stand in elegant simplicity beside the Hebrew originals--all in all, a welcome introduction to an important contemporary Israeli poet."  Michael P. Kramer, Professor, Bar-Ilan University



Sharon Hart-Green: novelist, translator, and Literature professor

Sharon Hart-Green's debut novel COME BACK FOR ME is a gripping story of trauma, loss, and the redemptive power of love set in the aftermath of World War II. It was chosen as the inaugural fiction offering of The New Jewish Press (a new imprint of the University of Toronto Press). It was released on June 1, 2017 (paper) and Jan. 2020 (ebook).

Sharon received her PhD in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and has taught Hebrew and Yiddish literature at the University of Toronto. Her first book NOT A SIMPLE STORY (Lexington Books) was a study of the work of Hebrew novelist S. Y. Agnon. Her second book, BRIDGING THE DIVIDE (Syracuse University Press), is a compilation of her translations of the Hebrew poems of Hava Pinhas-Cohen.

In addition, Sharon's short stories, poems, translations, and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including Midstream, The Jewish Review of Books, and

She is currently at work on a second novel, about the mystical inclinations of a young man in search of love.

News and Events

Appearances and Interviews

  • Speaker, Yad Vashem Book Club, London, UK (Sept. 12, 2022)

  • Speaker, Women's Book Club, Los Angeles, California (May 15,2022)

  • Interviewed by Dr. Allen Lycka on radio show, "How to Live a Fantastic Life" (May 9,2022)

  • Speaker, Israel Writers Studio, Tel Aviv, Israel (April 25, 2022)

  • Interviewed by Lucinda Sage-Midgorden for her podcast Sage Woman Chronicles (March 30,2022)

  • Chosen as a "Recommended read" on Re:books, blog by Rebecca Eckler (March1, 2022)

  • Winner, Firebird Award for Historical Fiction (Oct. 2021)

  • Speaker, Book Club, Nahariya, Israel (Oct. 5, 2021)

  • Speaker, Beth Radom Book Club, Toronto (Oct. 3, 2021)

  • Speaker, Israel Bonds Women's Division, Toronto (Oct 19, 2021)

  • Guest Speaker at Author's Night, hosted by Randi Skurka, Beth Sholom Synagogue, Toronto (May 6, 2021)

  • Interviewed on Latin American radio show, CHHA 610 AM (Oct. 22, 2020)

  • Interviewed by Ralph Benmergui on podcast, "Not That Kind of Rabbi," (Sept. 29,2020)

  • Interviewed by Brian Vee on podcast "Why We Work" (Sept. 16, 2020)

  • Interviewed by Heidi Slowinski on Jewish Writers blog (July 23, 020)

  • Interviewed by TV host Angi Mariani, Latest TV, Brighton, UK (June 22, 2020)

  • "Why I Write," on Sunday Series blog run by Christi Craig (June 7, 2020)

  • "Grateful for Shavuot,"  HaMelitz Radio, Jerusalem (May 27, 2020)

  • Interviewed by Richard Address, "Seekers of Meaning" podcast (April 17, 2020)

  • Interviewed by Hava Pinhas-Cohen, HaMelitz Radio, Jerusalem (April 12, 2020)

  • The Thornhill Book Club. Thornhill, Ont (March 11 , 2020)

  • Speaker, National Council of Jewish Women,  Thornhill, Ont  (Oct. 23, 2019)

  • Featured speaker, The Women's League Convention, Toronto (June 3, 2019)

  • Kehilas Bais Yehuda (KBY), Adult Education Event, Wesley Hills, NY (May 19, 2019)

  • Speaker, The iCenter. Chicago, Il (May 9, 2019)

  • Speaker, The Writers' Beit Midrash, Joseph & Mae Gray Cultural Learning Center, Highland Park, Illinois (May 8, 2019)

  • Speaker, 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)

  • Interview by Peter deKuster in The Heroine's Journey, Jan. 10, 2019

  • Speaker, Brandeis Alumni Association. Alumni in the Field event. Toronto Chapter (Nov. 28, 2018)

  • B'nai Torah Book Club, Toronto (Nov. 14, 2018)

  • Speaker, Holocaust Remembrance Week, JCC, Buffalo, NY (Nov.11, 2018)
  • Speaker, Bernard Betel Centre, Toronto  (Oct. 30, 2018)

  • Women’s Watch (radio show) Interviewed by Ellen Sherman. WBZ Boston  (Oct. 24, 2018)

  • Speaker, Beth Emeth Synagogue, Toronto (Oct. 18, 2018)

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

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

  • Speaker, Temple Beth Tzedek & Buffalo Hadassah, Buffalo, NY (Aug. 28, 2018)

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

  • Aspects of Writing Radio interview by James Kelly onMay 25, 2018)

  •  National Council of Jewish Women, Toronto (May 10, 2018)
  • Speaker, Mt. Kisco Hebrew Congregation, Women's Author Series. Mt. Kisco, NY (April 23. 2018)

  • Speaker, Beit Chaverim synagogue, Westport, Connecticut. Sunday,April 22, 2018

  • Speaker, Brooklyn Public Library (Kings Bay Branch), Brooklyn, NY.  April 18, 2018

  •  Speaker, Newton Free Library, Boston (April 11, 2018)
  • Speaker, Shaarei Beth El, Oakville, Ontario (March 21, 2018)
  • Thornhill Book Club, Thornhill, Ontario (March 8, 2018)

  • AACI, (Americans and Canadians in Israel) Jerusalem, Israel (February 20, 2018)
  • Indigo Books, Book signing. Richmond Hill, Ont. ( Jan. 21, 2018)
  • Speaker, Beth Tikvah Book Club, Toronto (Feb. 12, 2018)
  • Speaker, Naamat, (Aviva Chapter) Toronto (Jan. 4,2018)
  • Speaker,  Vancouver Jewish Book Festival, Vancouver, BC (Nov. 26, 2017)
  • Review and Interview by Atara Beck in The Jerusalem Post Magazine, Oct. 20, 2017 (click to read)

  • Book launch, Type Books, 883 Queen St. W., Toronto (June 7, 2017) 



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