After Abel And Other Stories
Prospect Park Books
Michal Lemberger
“Lot’s Wife”

“Lot’s Wife” is from Michal Lemberger’s debut collection AFTER ABEL AND OTHER STORIES (Prospect Park Books, 2015).  Lemberger’s nonfiction and journalism have appeared in Slate, Salon, Tablet, and other publications, and her poetry has been published in The Bellevue Literary Review and other journals.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.


Lemberger’s collection of short stories gives voice to silent, oft-marginalized biblical women: their ambitions, their love for their children, their values, their tremendous struggles and challenges.  Each of these nine stories story recasts a biblical saga from the perspective of a pivotal woman.


“Michal Lemberger is a wonderful writer–empathetic and heartbreaking, generous and fierce. The searing beauty of these stories is matched only by the passion and intelligence of the women who inhabit these pages. After Abel is a stunning book.”

–Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans


“What struck me most about these stories is their clear, assured confidence–as if Michal had pulled apart some of the lines in the old story, spied a new story tucked in there way off in a corner, shimmied in a fishhook and pulled it out. They make their cases very convincingly.”

–Aimee Bender, author of The Color Master


“After Abel brings biblical women from the sidelines to the center of the story, in a compelling narrative reminiscent of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent. These beautifully written stories feel like meeting Eve, Lot’s wife, and many other compelling characters for the first time. Michal Lemberger– more, please!”

–Laurel Corona, author of The Mapmaker’s Daughter

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