The Escape Artist
Sofia Teitelbaum is a young Jewish girl when her poor parents decide to marry her off to Tutsik Goldenberg, a successful, charming, travelling Jewish businessman. But there is no marriage. Instead, Sofia is put to work as a prostitute to cater to the lusts of Jewish immigrants fleeing pogroms and World War I. Later, Tutsik spots the talented juggler and acrobat Hankus, and anticipates success as the boy's manager. But Hankus is really a young woman. When Sofia meets Hankus, he is already working as a magician. It is through their love that they find an escape...
Judith Katz: Judith Katz is the author of two published novels, The Escape Artist, and Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound, which won a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. She teaches cultural studies and literature courses for the University of Minnesota's Center for Jewish Studies.