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Sarra Copia: A Locked-in Life is historical fiction based on the life of the title character, who was confined in the Jewish ghetto in Venice from her birth in 1592 until her death forty-nine years later.


Sarra's father supported her secular as well as her Hebrew education, and she studied classical Greek, Latin, and philosophy, and wrote poetry and letters. Sarra even convened a literary salon in the ghetto that was attended regularly by Christian clerics-including one who came to accuse her of heresy.


In crystalline prose, Nancy Ludmerer reimagines Sarra's relationships with her family, her inner world, and her strong but often troubled connections with the Christian world outside the ghetto.

*Nancy's Availability for Talks, Readings, and Presentations* 


Nancy has presented her work at libraries, synagogues, art galleries, and other venues and to high school students in the US and UK.  Here are some of the themes she has explored and can present to your group:



New York City-native, Nancy Ludmerer is an author of over 100 published stories and essays. Nancy's fiction has been described as "trim, witty, unpredictable" (Stuart Dybek), "at times hilarious, at other times heartbreaking" (Alice Kaltman), and filled with characters that "stay with you because they have so much heart" (Pamela Painter).  Her "small crystalline stories" (Karin Lin-Greenberg) reveal "what goes on when the doors are closed and the shades drawn" (Paul Beckman).  She "writes with deep understanding of the nuanced frailties of human relations" (Kaltman).  


Click on the "Collateral Damage:  48 Stories" link to find out about her new prize-winning collection in which her mastery of flash fiction is particularly on display. Karen Bender has called Nancy "one of the best writers of flash fiction out there today."


Click on the "Publications" link to view a small selection of Nancy's published short stories that are not in her new book. 


Click on the "More" link to read her bio, find out about news or events and learn how to contact or to arrange for Nancy to speak about flash fiction and/or read from her work at a bookstore, Zoom session, library, book club or other event, or simply to say hello.

Nancy is a native-New Yorker whose writing career has spanned over 3 decades. Beyond having been published in leading journals, Nancy is the recipient of numerous awards.

Click on the respective links for "Sarra Copia: A Locked-in Life"; "Collateral Damage: 48 Stories" and "Publications" to find out how to order Nancy's books and also to read some of her work. 

For press and all other inquiries, please click on the "More" link above and scroll to contact.

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