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Carol Ascher

...is the author of two novels, The Flood and A Call From Spooner Street, a memoir, Afterimages, and several books of nonfiction, including her latest release, A Chance for Land and Fresh Air. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Hartford Courant, the Nation, Ms. Magazine, as well as locally in The Lakeville Journal and Main Street. Her writing has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Foundation for the Arts, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

She has received awards from the The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the NWCT Arts Council, The CT League of History Organizations, and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

More about Carol Ascher and her books and short works at CarolAscher.net

A Word From Carol

In mid 2017, I was drawn to care for a Guatemalan teenager, ultimately becoming his legal guardian and helping him move toward college and a Green Card. I also became involved in Vecinos Seguros, a local organization that tries to bring safety and support to the undocumented Central Americans who live precariously in our midst.

 Though I haven't been an activist for several decades, I'm the daughter of refugees, born a couple of weeks after they arrived on these shores. As I learned English in my neighborhood and school, I became my parent's first "American child," assigned to interpret the often incomprehensible American world about them.

 Looking at my writing, I see how two novels, The Flood and A Call From Spooner Street, a memoir, Afterimages, and my most recent nonfiction book, A Chance for Land and Fresh Air, all explore the trauma and conflicts of immigration. Though I feel very American, my heart is deeply touched by the hopes and resilience of immigrants.