by Seth Bornstein

  • Released: May 2023
  • Genre: Novels
Swimming to Jerusalem is the story of Bram Goodman; his family, friends, colleagues, and demons.

Born in Paris, he spent his childhood in Israel and moved to Brooklyn as a teenager. When he flunks out of college, Bram returns to Israel in an effort to find a sense of purpose. He enlists in the Army with Yoni, his cousin and best friend. Their tour of duty is uneventful until, nearing the end of their service, they find themselves on the Lebanon frontier confronting the horrors of war. After his discharge, an aimless and disillusioned Bram makes his way to Paris. Busking on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, he meets Liz and follows her back to New York.

Decades later, with a family and career, Bram uses his irreverent personality and sharp humor to mask the tragic events of his youth. When Theo, his youngest child, seeks to learn about his heritage, Bram begins to confront the past that he has attempted to keep at bay. It is a journey that will take him back, both emotionally and physically, to a place he thought he could leave behind.

What this author said about working with us...

Working with Luminare Press has been great. I did a great deal of research prior to making my choice and was impressed with their many favorable ratings. In doing my due diligence I spoke with other companies where "making the sale" was the priority. From my first call with Patricia to everyone else at Luminare that was never the case. Along every step of the way each person I worked with was knowledgeable, responsive, and most importantly cared about literature - especially my editors Sallie and Denise. The end result was that my novel is much better because of their input and advice. I highly recommend Luminare Press. Seth Bornstein