Elizabeth Danon received her B.S. in Marine Science from Stony Brook University before working as a Marine Biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. She traveled the U.S. Eastern Seaboard and Gulf of Mexico collecting data aboard commercial fishing vessels and dredges.
When that didn’t pan out to be the glorified job that she expected, finding herself covered in shark snot and fish scales daily, Elizabeth became a technical writer. In her spare time, she began doing stand-up comedy after taking comedy boot-camp with the Armed Services Arts Partnership. At this time, she married the most wonderful man who also provides most of her joke writing material. Unfortunately, because he’s Indian he has also enabled her Maggi addiction… Like she needed that on top of her already long-standing iced coffee issues.
Her favorite show is Schitt’s Creek, as she feels a special bond to her fellow comedians - and Sephardic brethren. Growing up half-Jewish herself, Elizabeth eventually converted to being full-Jewish with Temple Israel as a student of Rabbi Panitz.
Her enriched but complicated heritage has been an inspiration for most of her creative writing. Being an Aries, she has always felt like a leader and has therefore integrated her feminist beliefs into her work, albeit dropping every women’s studies course that she ever elected in college.
Additionally, her writing has an unmistakable international presence. Elizabeth wanted to discover as much as she could about her Sephardic Heritage and went on Birthright, followed by her independent travels to over ten other countries… carrying nothing but a red bookbag.
Moon in Bastet
Published by Hurn Publications and edited by Rae Eckman.
A memoir turned into thrilling fiction; Moon in Bastet is based off of the life of author E. S. Danon. The story follows a fourteen-year-old girl named Eva, an orphan living in the Negev desert of Israel who is working as a custodian of Cirque Du Christianisme. Her life is controlled by a volatile drunk named Bella who favors a group of equally volatile teenage bullies, the Christian boys.
Bullied, neglected, and alone – Eva’s only friends are an odd, thirteen–year–old Sephardic boy named Jack and a small cohort of Bedouin sister-wives. On the brink of giving up on life, Eva stumbles upon a mysterious cat in the middle of the desert. Or really, did the cat stumble upon her?
Filled with mystery, magic, and symbolism – Moon in Bastet is a story of resilience, survivorship, forgiveness, and women empowerment. This is a work filled with Jewish mysticism that can be enjoyed by people of all races, ages, and religions everywhere.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Disa Travis, Goodreads
Moon In Bastet is inspiring, stunning and thought-provoking!
I swear with this book...ugh. I cannot express my love enough for the writer and her honesty and unique approach in telling her own story through fiction.
I found this story absolutely beautiful because it touches on so many important topics, including strength-of-self and listening to our own intuitions.
The information about the Women of the Wall was wonderful to learn about and I'm so glad it was included in the book. I'll be looking more into it and seeing how I can support their movement as well. I hope the author and the group are working together to bring these social issues to light together so we all can have an open dialog.
Thank you so much to Hurn Publications for my ARC of Moon In Bastet!!
Margaret Wolfe, Goodreads
Moon In Bastet deserves every praise it receives!
E.S. Danon has written an amazing story about inequalities of the sexes and between religions in a way that no matter who you are you can truly understand we're all just humans on this planet.
On the other hand, there is so much magical and mythical detail within the book that you don't feel preached to or that you're in the middle of a women's studies class. The amount of mysticism and symbolism weaved within this whimsical tale is a talent within itself.
Sun In Anubis is sure to be a big hit and I'm impatiently waiting! :)
James Bartowski, Goodreads
I don't say this a lot about books, but this one was absolutely beautiful.
The symbolism and mysticism you'll find in this book is quite like non-other that I've ever found before. I do personally feel like this book is quite the gem.
I myself am not Jewish, and you can tell by my name that I am not a woman. So, the issues of sexism and antisemitism are not hatreds that I have myself experienced. I do however have a wife I love and friends who are Jewish. I find that I often try to educate myself on how best to understand the way the world is for them. Moon In Bastet does a fantastic job of showing this in a fictional setting and expresses in real time how the characters feel about these senseless classifications.
The added information at the back of the book for the Jewish words I didn't know was really cool and I'm stoked to see the author already has another book in the works!
5/5 This book was magically awesome!
I had a very unique experience reading this book. This author deserves many praises for writing a story about inequalities of the Sexes regarding chores, Religion, and freedom too be yourself. Eva cleaned up the circus area while the men were so awful to her and bullied her throughout her daily routine. This within itself is reason enough to read this book. Eva is only 13 years old, but she managed to always hold on to her religious beliefs. Eva prayed on a continuous basis at some points in the book, it appeared that she and G-d had a love hate relationship.I realized that this story is truly about the strength of finding one's best self in any situation. I want to thank Voracious Readers and the author for my free copy of this fabulous book. This book is a worthwhile investment in yourself. I definitely did so soul-searching while reading this story.
CURRENTLY WORKING ON
SUN IN ANUBIS
THE SECOND INSTALLMENT TO THE BATTLE OF THE MYSTICS SERIES