Sigal Samuel is a Staff Writer at Vox and the former Religion Editor at The Atlantic. She is also the author of The Mystics of Mile End, a critically acclaimed novel about a family with a dangerous mystical obsession. Nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award, the book won a Canadian Jewish Literary Award and an Alberta Book Publishing Award.
"Rarely does one encounter a novel as full of charm and heart as Sigal Samuel's riveting The Mystics of Mile End. And perhaps even more rarely does one encounter a novel that takes up enormous questions — about the very nature of existence — with both profound intelligence and galloping humor. Before you crack open this book, be forewarned: You will fall in love. Comparisons will surely abound — to Mordecai Richler, Nicole Krauss, Rebecca Goldstein — but none suffice. Samuel is a writer as utterly singular as the corner of Montreal in which this wonderful debut takes place." — Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year
"With a refreshing new voice, Samuel explores the search for enlightenment in her standout debut... The author shows with heart and insight that what we seek is often right in front of us." — Publishers Weekly
"A book that nourishes both the heart and the mind... a feast to read." — Los Angeles Review of Books