Sarit Yishai-Levi

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Sarit Yishai-Levi is an acclaimed Israeli journalist who is currently a senior correspondent for Olam HaIsha magazine and the host of TV shows on tourism and lifestyle. She is the author of four nonfiction books. Her debut novel, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem (Macmillan), is a #1 international bestseller and winner of the Publishers Association’s Gold and Platinum Prizes and the Steimatzky Prize for bestselling book of the year. Yishai-Levi’s novel is a dazzling story of mothers and daughters, stories told and untold, and the ties that bind four generations of women. Set against the Golden Age of Hollywood, the dark days of World War II, and the swinging ’70s, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem follows generations of unforgettable women as they forge their own paths through times of dramatic change. Jewish Weekly writes, “I’m not aware of another work of fiction that paints such a vivid picture of the traditions, folklore and language of Jerusalem’s very significant Sephardic community… The novel also offers a compelling history of Jerusalem in the 20th century as experienced by the people most affected by its twists and turns.”