Bywater Books is pleased to announce publication of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Judith Katz’s ground breaking novel, Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound.


WINNER OF THE 1992 LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD FOR LESBIAN FICTION AND THE 1994 CRAWFORD FANTASY AWARD 

Tour de force Jewish magic realism that Isaac Bashevis Singer might have written if he’d been a contemporary lesbian.

Nadine Pagan’s dyke sister Jane wants to find her. Her lover Rose wants to marry her. And her mother Fay wants to forget her. All Nadine wants is to stop the buzzing in her head. Join Nadine as she escapes from her incendiary Jewish family into the lesbian town of New Chelm—and far, far beyond.

Featuring an all new introduction by the author, Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound is a dynamic piece of writing.


Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound makes lesbian lives visible in a Jewish world where families struggle with feminism and lesbianism together.” —Julie R. Enszer, editor of Sinister Wisdom

“What a gift to the world—this modern classic blend of magic-realism, Jewish fable, and lesbian drama is every bit as powerful today as I remember. Give yourself a treat already—read this!” —Elana Dykewomon, author of Beyond the Pale


JUDITH KATZ is the author of The Escape Artist and Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound, which won both the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction and the Crawford Fantasy Award. She has received Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, and National Endowment of the Arts fellowships for fiction; and was the Hadassah Brandeis Scholar in Residence in 2008. She is an academic advisor at the University of Minnesota.

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