Selected Works

A 21st century narrative that deftly interweaves the long shadows of the holocaust in a riveting universal story of family reconciliation and forgiveness.
A "richly evocative story of the awakening to adulthood. This novel demands slow and appreciative reading." - The Los Angeles Times
"A second generation chronicle that offers rich intellectual insights while stiring our deepest feelings." Leo Spitzer, author of Hotel Bolivia "Pursing her story across two continents, Ascher, the daughter of a Vienese psychoanalyst, explores the unsettling legacy of Nazi persecution on her complicated immigrant family and ultimately on herself, in this probing, well-written memoir." - Alix Kates Shulman
Writer, intellectual adventurer, fighter for personal and political freedom, feminist, and intimate companion to Jean-Paul Sartre for over fifty years, Simone de Beauvoir emerges from this at times highly personal book of philosophical and literary criticism as a woman who plays a major role in the lives of men and women today, and one of the most stunning and provocative thinkers of this century.
Illuminating how work on a subject transforms both the work and the author, this edited collection is an effort toward building a feminist theory of biography.


A Call From Spooner Street, my latest novel, is now out. Like my novel, "The Flood," and my memoir, "Afterimages," "A Call from Spooner Street" explores the ongoing legacy of World War II on Jewish refugees and their children--this time through the fraught relationship between a retired German professor at the University of Wisconsin and his adult daughter, a sociologist and single mother.

Book Launch at Sharon's beautiful Hotchkiss Library
My recent launch of A CALL FROM SPOONER STREET has been very gratifying on a number of levels. If you want a copy of the book but weren’t able to join me at one these special events, know that the title is available on Amazon, at:

Since finishing A CALL FROM SPOONER STREET, I've been busy with short pieces. In addition to several contributions to Tikkun, I've begun writing fairly regularly, both for my local newspaper, The Lakeville Journal, and for Reform Judaism.

Mostly I've been writing about the contradictions I see in our civil society. For example, the shooting of 20 children and eight adults in Sandy Hook, about an hour south of me, as well as the continuing gun violence, has brought me to think and write about guns:

Selling Consumers Military Weapons

Training Teachers to Shoot

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I was born in Cleveland three weeks after my parents arrived as refugees from the Nazi regimes of Central Europe. Our home was bilingual, with German the language of nostalgia, frightening memories, as well as intimacy.

I grew up in Topeka, Kansas, moving between the Midwestern Christian world of my public school and neighborhood, and the community of refugees who, like my father, had been hired by the Menninger Foundation, one of the early psychoanalytic clinics in America.

After receiving a doctorate in Anthropology at Columbia University, I spent much of my adult life in New York City, where feminism and civil rights issues, along with my professional life studying public education, became important additional influences, shaping both my life and my writing.

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