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Strange Attractors

By Ruhama Veltfort

Karen is very happy with her second marriage.

Spencer is a wonderful cook, a dedicated husband and a great lover.

But since her marriage four years ago, her other relationships have become strained.

Her son Sammy, away at college, is always looking to start an argument. Her best friend Deb seems jealous of their close relationship. And her ex-husband always manages to get under her skin.

Karen just wants everything to be OK, for everyone to get along.

But when a little girl goes missing and rumours start to circulate, long-buried secrets start bubbling to the surface.

As the plot unravels, Karen begins to wonder… can you ever truly know the deepest darkest desires of those closest to you?

‘Strange Attractors’ is a brilliantly thoughtful and provocative novel that is perfect for fans of Philip Roth and Alan Hollinghurst. 

“Strange Attractors tackles a difficult subject matter with delicacy and skill. Ruhama Veltfort’s prose is rich, absorbing and poetic.” – Magdalena Ball, author of Sleep Before Evening, Repulsion Thrust and Black Cow

Ruhama Veltfort’s poems and stories have appeared in Whispering Campaign, The Antrim Review, The Noe Valley Voice and Sound Journal. The Promised Land, her first novel,was first published by Milkweed Editions in 1998 to excellent reviews. It has since been reissued in a Kindle edition (2011). A memoir, The Things We Do For Love: Stories of My Life was published in 2010 by Wordrunner Press. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, Whispers of a Dreamer (Hollow Reed Press, 1983) and Miles on the Bridge (Wordrunner Chapbooks, 1997). A new collection of her poems, Translation of Light, is online at She is currently at work on a novel about war trauma.

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