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Sigal Samuel is a novelist, journalist, and essayist. She has published work in the Daily Beast, the Rumpus, BuzzFeed, and the Walrus, among other publications. Originally from Montreal, Sigal now lives and writes in Brooklyn. The Mystics of Mile End is her first novel.

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The Mystics of Mile End

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"This is a book that lingers long after you are finished reading. The story is thought-provoking and well-crafted, and the prose is absolutely poetic. At times it reads like a fable or fairy-tale, which I happen to love. Sigal Samuel brings the qui..." Read more of this review »
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"Insight into Jewish mysticism, a love story, the push and pull of faith. The Mystics of Mile End is all of this and more. Through three different narrators, Samuel creates believable characters who struggle with faith and communication, or lack th..." Read more of this review »
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“You think, because you are sitting in a tree and it is raining and you have not eaten and you have not slept, that you are uncomfortable? You are following a clear path, and that is comfortable!”
Sigal Samuel, The Mystics of Mile End

“We are each given at birth a finite number or words, stored in the four chambers of our hearts. If we use them well, we may live to a ripe old age. The foolish among us speak often and die young. The wise among us speak seldom and die old. The wisest among us never speak a single word. They guard their words as carefully as if they were precious stones. They know that there is nothing better for the body than silence. The wisest of the royal subjects live forever.”
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