Tara Lynn Masih

marlene lopez

Tara Lynn Masih’s fiction, poetry, and essays have been widely anthologized. She is editor of the acclaimed Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (a ForeWord Book of the Year) and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays; her story collection Where the Dog Star Never Glows was a National Best Books finalist. She is founding series editor of the annual Best Small Fictions anthology. My Real Name is Hanna (Mandel Vilar Press) is her debut novel. Hanna Slivka is on the cusp of fourteen when Hitler’s army crosses the border into Soviet-occupied Ukraine. Soon, the Gestapo closes in, determined to make the shtetele she lives in “free of Jews.” When Hanna’s father disappears, suddenly it’s up to Hanna to find him–and to find a way to keep the rest of her family, and friends, alive.  Sparse, resonant, and lyrical, weaving in tales of Jewish and Ukrainian folklore, My Real Name Is Hanna celebrates the sustaining bonds of family, the beauty of a helping hand, and the tenacity of the human spirit.