Post­ed by Nao­mi Firestone-Teeter

Jen­nifer Miller, author of Inher­it­ing the Holy Land: An Amer­i­can’s Search for Hope in the Mid­dle East, will be pub­lish­ing her debut nov­el, The Year of the Gad­fly, in May (Houghton Mif­flin Harcourt).

Iris Dupont is a teenage reporter who com­munes with the ghost of Edward R. Mur­row. Jon­ah Kaplan is a failed micro­bi­ol­o­gist-turned biol­o­gy teacher who is haunt­ed by the ghosts of his past. Each embarks on a pri­vate inves­ti­ga­tion to uncov­er a secret soci­ety in their remote New Eng­land town. As Iris and Jon­ah’s paths start to inter­sect, they are drawn into the dark­er cor­ners of their town, their school, and their own minds.

Orig­i­nal­ly from Lan­cast­er, Penn­syl­va­nia, Nao­mi is the CEO of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She grad­u­at­ed from Emory Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in Eng­lish and Art His­to­ry and, in addi­tion, stud­ied at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don. Pri­or to her role as exec­u­tive direc­tor, Nao­mi served as the found­ing edi­tor of the JBC web­site and blog and man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World. In addi­tion, she has over­seen JBC’s dig­i­tal ini­tia­tives, and also devel­oped the JBC’s Vis­it­ing Scribe series and Unpack­ing the Book: Jew­ish Writ­ers in Conversation.