Born: In Western Australia
Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: Goldbloom currently lives in Chicago. Biography: Goldie Goldbloom was born in Western Australia but currently lives in Chicago. She studied at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She is a mentor and writing teacher for queer and transgender youth. Her short fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, StoryQuarterly and Prairie Schooner, and was anthologized in The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and Windy City Queer. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including fellowships from Warren Wilson, Northwestern University, the Brown Foundation, the City of Chicago and the Elizabeth George Foundation.
''The Paperbark Shoe''
- -- AWP Novel Award, 2008
- -- Great Lakes College Association's New Writer's Award, 2011
- -- Literary Novel of the Year, Foreward Magazine
- -- Big Reads Selection, NEA
- "On Division"
- -- Jewish Fiction Award, 2020
- -- One Bay One Book Program, Jewish Community Library, San Francisco, California
|On division /
ISBN: 0374175314 OCLC: 1080553849 Through one woman's life at a moment of surprising change, the award-winning author Goldie Goldbloom tells a deeply affecting, morally insightful story and offers a rare look inside Brooklyn's Chasidic community. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just a block or two up from the East River on Division Avenue, Surie Eckstein is soon to be a great-grandmother. Her ten children range in age from thirteen to thirty-nine. Her in-laws, postwar immigrants from Romania, live on the first floor of their house. Her daughter Tzila Ruchel lives on the second. She and Yidel, a scribe in such demand that he makes only a few Torah scrolls a year, live on the third. Wed when Surie was sixteen, they have a happy marriage and a full life, and, at the ages of fifty-seven and sixty-two, they are looking forward to some quiet time together. Into this life of counted blessings comes a surprise. Surie is pregnant. Pregnant at fifty-seven. It is a shock. And at her age, at this stage, it is an aberration, a shift in the proper order of things, and a public display of private life. She feels exposed, ashamed. She is unable to share the news, even with her husband. And so for the first time in her life, she has a secret--a secret that slowly separates her from the community. Goldie Goldbloom's On Division is an excavation of one woman's life, a story of awakening at middle age, and a thoughtful examination of the dynamics of self and collective identity. It is a steady-eyed look inside insular communities that also celebrates their comforts. It is a rare portrait of a long, happy marriage. And it is an unforgettable new novel from a writer whose imagination is matched only by the depth of her humanity.
|The paperbark shoe /
ISBN: 0312674503 OCLC: 654318573 In the wake of a thwarted career as a concert pianist and the accompanying emotional fallout, Gin accepts a marriage proposal from the peculiar Mr. Toad. But nothing from the albino Gin Toad's upbringing in the bourgeois drawing rooms of Perth has prepared her for a hardscrabble existence on a subsistence farm in the Australian outback.
|Toads' museum of freaks and wonders :
ISBN: 1930974884 OCLC: 496959812 New Issues/Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. : 2010. In the wake of a thwarted career as a concert pianist and the accompanying emotional fallout, Gin accepts a marriage proposal from the peculiar Mr. Toad. But nothing from the albino Gin Toad's upbringing in the bourgeois drawing rooms of Perth has prepared her for a hardscrabble existence on a subsistence farm in the Australian outback.
|You lose these and other stories /
ISBN: 1921696877 OCLC: 711453890 Prepare to encounter startling epiphanies, wonderfully eccentric conceits, and standout instances of wit and observation begging to be re read. Among its well pitched moments of vulnerability are further surprises: much that's dark and sly, and better still twisted and bent.' Tom Cho. Short stories from Goldie Goldbloom.