An engrossing meditation on the meaning of faith follows a young Orthodox Jewish woman who undertakes a solo kayaking journey across the Arctic Ocean after her parents are killed and she is disfigured by a terrorist bomb in a Jerusalem cafe. Haunted by her parent's death and memories of her father, a 9/11 survivor, Sara embarks, unprepared on the strenuous emotional and physical trial that lies ahead. What begins as a series of diary entries on her struggle with faith ends in a fight for survival as she faces the ice closing in around her.
Jacob Paul is an associate professor of English at the University of Utah, where he earned a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. A 9/11 World Trade survivor, he won the 2008 Utah Writers' Contest, and the 2007 Richard Scowcroft Prize. Sarah/Sara is his first novel.