Omer Friedlander’s debut story collection, The Man Who Sold Air in the Holy Land, won the American Jewish Library’s 2023 Fiction Award and is a short-list finalist for the Wingate Prize, the only UK literary award to recognize authors and writing that explore the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. Nicole Krauss lauds the collection as, “A beautiful debut by a deeply humane writer.” Kirin Desai calls the stories “[as] outrageously funny as they are outrageously tender… A spectacular collection," and Rebecca Makkai hails Friedlander as “a marvelous new voice, bringing magic, chance, and surprise. I’d follow this writer anywhere.” Bestselling author Anthony Marra offers this praise: “In these wise, capacious, achingly beautiful stories, Omer Friedlander maps the hidden geography of the human heart like a young Chekhov.”
Omer Friedlander received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, England, and an MFA from Boston University. His short stories have won numerous awards, and have been published in the United States, Canada, France, and Israel. Friedlander’s first novel, The Glass Golem, is forthcoming from Random House.