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Tara Lynn Masih

Biography

Tara Lynn Masih

Tara Lynn Masih grew up in the small harbor town of Northport, situated along the Long Island Sound. Much of her time was spent on the beaches and in the woods, and as a result her writing is often set within the framework of nature and place. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been widely anthologized. Awards include first place in The Ledge Magazine's fiction contest, a finalist fiction grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Lou P. Bunce Creative Writing Award, and Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices and Best of the Web nominations. 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 (a Skipping Stones Honor Award Book; an IBPA Benjamin Franklin silver medalist; a ForeWord Book of the Year); 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, and her first novel, MY REAL NAME IS HANNA, is forthcoming Sept. 11 from Mandel Vilar Press. 

Tara Lynn Masih

Books by Tara Lynn Masih

by Tara Lynn Masih - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Holocaust, Religion, Young Adult 13+

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." Until the German occupation, Hanna spent her time exploring Kwasova with her younger siblings, admiring the drawings of the handsome Leon Stadnick and helping her neighbor dye decorative pysanky eggs. But now she, Leon and their families are forced to flee and hide in the forest outside their shtetele --- and then in the dark caves beneath the rolling meadows, rumored to harbor evil spirits. Underground, they battle sickness and starvation, while the hunt continues above. 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.