I was born in the Urals but crossed several borders while learning to walk, talk, read, and write. I have lived in five countries, most recently in Greece, where two of my five books were first published. Daughter of a Jewish father and a Russian Orthodox mother, I speak several foreign languages badly, swear perfectly in Polish, and write in English about beleaguered Greek villagers. I've been largely educated in Canada, the most generous of countries, where the lack of a high-school diploma proved to be no impediment to obtaining three university degrees. While still an undergraduate, I sold a short story to Bob Weaver at the CBC and have ever since been trying to write a bestseller so I could devote myself full time to my writing. I have worked as a secretary, administrator, editor, businesswoman, journalist, university lecturer, and writer, publishing dozens of poems and stories, while trying to survive as a single mother. Though fame and fortune remain elusive, my work has won several literary prizes, including the National Magazine Award and the CBC Literary Award. My short stories have been broadcast, anthologized, and published in both commercial and literary magazines, in Canada and abroad. I have also written book reviews and travel articles, which have appeared in numerous newspapers, including the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. I currently divide my time between Greece and Canada, still looking for Home.
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