Raincoast Books
Available: 07/27/07
5.50 x 8.50 · 424 pages
978-1-55192-878-4 CDN $21.95 · pb


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Beyond the Pale

New Edition

Elana Dykewomon

Winner of both the Lambda Literary Award and the Ferro-Grumley Award, this sweeping, brilliant, richly textured novel has been deemed “a work of remarkable importance” by the Village Voice. The underground classic now comes with a fresh and provocative new package, as well as an author’s note personally welcoming readers to this wonderfully honest and oft-times intense depiction of a time history will never forget.

Set in the early 20th century, Beyond the Pale follows the lives of two women who are born in a Russian Jewish settlement (the “pale” of the title) and ultimately immigrate to New York’s Lower East Side. One extraordinary section of the book deals with the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in which many young women died. A magnificent and accomplished work that takes us deep inside diverse worlds—the Russian pogroms, the immigrant experience, the New York suffrage movement—this is an enduring tale of the triumph of love and courage over inhumanity. But at its heart is the most universal story of all: the devotion of one person to another.

“Truly great novels aren’t written very often, but Beyond the Pale deserves all the glowing adjectives available.” (Bay Area Reporter)

“There is a joy, one of the simplest and most profound there is, in a thing well done … [C]oming across something like Beyond the Pale can really stop you in your tracks.” (Toronto Star)

ELANA DYKEWOMON (Oakland, California) was born in New York City in 1949. She is the author of Riverfinger Women and the former editor of Sinister Wisdom.



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