Judith Teitelman



Judith Teitelman


Los Angeles, CA, USA


Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Audiobook

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“Left at the altar, spurned—what does that do to a young woman’s heart?
And why would a Hindu God care?”
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 arts, literature, and business since she was a teenager and worked her first job as a salesperson at a B. Dalton/Pickwick Bookstore. Life’s journeys took her from bookstores to commercial fine art galleries to the nonprofit arts and cultural sector, in which she has worked as staff, consultant, and educator for more than three decades. Throughout this time, Teitelman continued her pursuit of all things literary, and over the years her writing has been published in a variety of formats and publications. Guesthouse for Ganesha is her debut novel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three beloved cats.


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

2019 Sarton Women’s Book Awards, Award-Winning Finalist in Historical Fiction

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Guesthouse for Ganesha

also available as an audiobook

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