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In 1923, seventeen-year-old Esther Grünspan arrives in Köln “with a hardened heart as her sole luggage.” Thus begins a twenty-two-year journey, woven against the backdrops of the European Holocaust and the Hindu Kali Yuga (the “Age of Darkness” when human civilization degenerates spiritually), in search of a place of sanctuary. Throughout her travails, using cunning and shrewdness, Esther relies on her masterful tailoring skills to help mask her Jewish heritage, navigate war-torn Europe, and emigrate to India.
Esther’s traveling companion and the novel’s narrator is Ganesha, the elephant-headed Hindu God worshipped by millions for his abilities to destroy obstacles, bestow wishes, and avenge evils. Impressed by Esther’s fortitude and relentless determination, born of her deep―though unconscious―understanding of the meaning and purpose of love, Ganesha, with compassion, insight, and poetry, chooses to highlight her story because he recognizes it is all of our stories―for truth resides at the essence of its telling.
Weaving Eastern beliefs and perspectives with Western realities and pragmatism, Guesthouse for Ganesha is a tale of love, loss, and spirit reclaimed.
Judith Teitelman has straddled the worlds of art, literature, and business since she was a teenager and worked her first job as a salesperson at a B. Dalton / Pickwick Bookstore. Just three months after graduating from UCLA with a degree in Art History, she was hired by Ace Gallery to open and manage Art and Architecture Books of the Twentieth Century, at the time Los Angeles’ second bookstore devoted exclusively to the arts. She began her career in the nonprofit sector in 1983, and in 1990 launched her arts and business management consulting firm working nationally with grass roots and mid-sized organizations and large institutions. She is also a mentor, trainer, and professional advisor to artists working in all disciplines. “Guesthouse for Ganesha” is her first novel and has been the recipient of eight awards.
2022 Official March International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book of the Month
2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Gold Medal Winner in Fiction—Literary
2020 IPPY Awards, Gold Medal Winner in Regional Fiction―Europe
2020 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Silver Medal Winner in Audiobook: Fiction
2020 American Fiction Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in Literary Fiction
2020 Best Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in Fiction: Literary
2020 International Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in Best Cover Design: Fiction
Award-Winning Finalist in Visionary Fiction of the 15th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards
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