Amy Gottlieb

author of The Beautiful Possible

Amy Gottlieb is the author of The Beautiful Possible. Amy is a graduate of Clark University and the University of Chicago. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Other Voices, Lilith, Puerto del Sol, Zeek, Storyscape, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poetry, and elsewhere. She has received a Literary Fellowship and Residency from the Bronx Council on the Arts, and an Arts Fellowship from the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Amy lives with her family on the edge of the Hudson River in New York City. The Beautiful Possible is her first novel.


The Beautiful Possible is a finalist for the 2017 Harold U. Ribalow Prize   

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The Beautiful Possible is a finalist for a 2016 National Jewish Book Award - Goldberg Prize in Debut Fiction

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The Beautiful Possible is a runner-up for the 2016 Edward Lewis Wallant Award

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The Beautiful Possible is included on the Jewish Women's Archive 2016-2017 Book List

Review in San Francisco Book Review

“. . .a meditation on faith and religion, on love and faithfulness, on feminism...on the meaning of life... a truly satisfying novel.”

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Review in Shelf Awareness

“Gottlieb tells her story in evocative prose, juxtaposing vivid physical details. . .with unsolvable riddles of faith.”

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Review from the Jewish Book Council

“A fable for the modern era, a love story steeped in biblical text and mystical yearning. . .”

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Conversation with Nicole Nelson, Writers on Writing

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Conversation with Monica Hadley, Writers' Voices  

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Book Talk with Shuly Rubin Schwartz at the Jewish Theological Seminary 2/25/16

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Profile in The Times of Israel, by Cathryn Prince

“[Gottlieb’s] eclectic amalgam of inspirations lends an extraordinary air of magic and allure to The Beautiful Possible, inviting the reader to push their imagination to the limit and explore unthought-of possibilities—a brief glimpse of the truly mystical.”

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Profile in The Roanoke Times, by Carolyn Kroehler

"... lovingly and meaningfully captures a cultural essence [of] being Jewish in America."

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Interview with Deborah Kalb

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Review in The Jewish Week, by Sandee Brawarsky

"Gottlieb weaves Jewish wisdom, texts and storytelling into narrative and dialogue; many sentences have the cadences of prayer."

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The Beautiful Possible mentioned in "Jewish Literature Isn't Dead: It's Being Written by Women," by Erika Dreifus

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The Beautiful Possible included in 35 over 35

Conversation with Rabbi Wayne Dosick, SpiritTalk Live

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Interview with Lisa Batya Feld, Jewish Women's Archive

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Review in The Christian Century, by Amy Frykholm

"We have too few novels that un­abash­edly interrogate history and society through the lens of theological wrangling. At once sensual and philosophical, this is a brave and unusual work of fiction."

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Review Essay in Tikkun, by Samuel Lebens

"The Beautiful Possible is a novel which weaves together a number of deeply connected lives, slowly revealing more and more, the ways in which those lives were interconnected."

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"Deception, Complexity, & The Beautiful Possible": Q&A with Martha Anne Toll

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