Set half in Israel and half in the States, the stories in this prize-winning collection explore the experience of exile, belonging, and what it means to call a place home. A visiting professor from Boston forms an unlikely bond with an Israeli born in Iraq. Two teenage tourists are startled out of their naiveté in a restaurant in Jerusalem’s Old City. A gifted yeshiva student spiraling into mental illness takes refuge in the poetry of Walt Whitman. An aged widower returns after sixty years to the Bronx neighborhood of his youth to make amends with a first love he abandoned to go to prison. Shimmering with insight and compassion, Displaced Persons is a profound, exquisite collection that illuminates pivotal moments of transition, longing, and hope.
We’re pleased to announce that Weike Wang has selected Displaced Persons: Stories by Joan Leegant of Newton, Massachusetts, to receive the 2022 New American Fiction Prize! Joan will receive $1,500 and Displaced Persons will launch on June 1, 2024. For her first book of stories, An Hour in Paradise: Stories, JOAN LEEGANT won the 2003 PEN/New England Book