Maya Sonenberg


Maya Sonenberg is currently at work on two books. InĀ _Models for Raising the Dead, e_ach piece links actual ancestors with literary ancestors, combining memoir, family history, fiction, and close readings with visual elements (drawings, manipulated photographs, diagrams) in order to create meaning through association and metaphor and to explore the ways both genetic material and cultural constructs shape us. The second book focuses on her grandmother as an immigrant "pioneer," Jewish Utopian settlements in the Dakotas and the Bronx at the turn of the 20th century, and her love for the very problematic novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Sonenberg's fiction builds on fairy tale and myth and stretches the limits of what a story can do.

Prize anthology mentions

Pushcart (Fiction) 2011*

Best American Essays 2013*

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