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As a child growing up in 1920s Paris, Ida Chagall copes with her father Marc Chagall’s brilliant artistic mind, overbearing ego, and the tight leash he keeps on her. But as Ida blossoms into a young woman, she begins to glimpse freedom and opportunities for herself.

When she falls in love for the first time, her father paints “The Bridal Chair” as her wedding present, a symbol of his anger that pierces Ida to the heart. Against a backdrop of the Nazi invasion of France, Ida fights for her own survival as an independent young woman while nurturing the dark creative genius of her parents.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In prose as painterly and evocative as Chagall’s own dazzling brush strokes, Gloria Goldreich finely evokes the days and nights of one of the most significant masters of modern art…Here is history as story-telling, and story-telling as intimate portraiture, as poignant and arresting as Chagall’s own airborne and dreamlike figures; and here also is a question to tantalize readers: Must the artist’s character match the enchantments of his art?”

    Cynthia Ozick, award-winning author of Foreign Bodies

  • “An ambitious work by a talented author…It is a story of quiet power and provides a fascinating look into the dynamics of a family. This is Goldreich at her best!”

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  • “Only Gloria Goldreich could write a novel so grounded in historical truths yet so exuberantly imaginative. The Bridal Chair is Goldreich at her best, with a mesmerizing plot, elegant images, and a remarkable heroine who shines through the whole. Ida Chagall will remain with you long after you’ve read the last page of her story.”

    Francine Klagsbrun, acclaimed author and columnist for Jewish Week

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About the Author

Gloria Goldreich is a published author and an editor of children’s books and young adult books. She graduated from Brandeis University and worked as a coordinator in the Department of Jewish Education at the National Hadassah as well as serving as the public relations director of the Baruch College of the City University of New York. Her novel, Leah’s Journey won the National Jewish Book Award for fiction in 1979, and her second novel Four Days won the Federation Arts and Letters Award. Her other novels include Promised Land, This Burning Harvest, Leah’s Children, West to Eden, Mothers, Years of Dreams, and That Year of Our War. Her books have been selections of the Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, and the Troll Book Club.