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Yael Neeman

Born in 1960, Yael Neeman grew up in Kibbutz Yechiam until moving to Tel Aviv at the age of 20, where she has lived since. Neeman studied Literature at Tel Aviv University, and worked as an editor at various newspapers and publishing houses. Her debut novel, “Hayinu He’Atid” (We Were the Future), a memoir of her childhood and adolescence at the kibbutz, was published by Ahuzat Bayit in 2011. The novel received great critical acclaim, topping the best seller list with over 30,000 copies sold, and has been translated into several languages. In 2013, Neeman published her collection of short stories, “Ktovet Esh” (The Option, Keter Books). This too achieved bestselling status immediately upon its release, winning an exceptional amount of accolades. Both books were nominated for the Sapir Prize for Literature. In 2015, Neeman won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Hebrew Writers. That same year saw the publication of her novel “Meruteket” (Grounded), by Keter Books.
In 2015 Neeman was a resident at the prestigious Iowa International Writers’ Program, courtesy of the Fulbright Foundation.

Photo: Tomer Appelbaum

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