2020 MenteeWriters’ Trust Mentorship
I was deeply moved by Lishai Peel’s creative nonfiction manuscript. Peel explores motherhood from the perspective of both a mother and a child, and her profound reflections on how this experience is linked to our sense of belonging and identity are intelligent and original. The writing is heartfelt, haunting, and lyrical. This is a manuscript that takes countless risks, both in form, style, and theme. Lishai boldly tackles “big” topics such as mental illness, immigration and mother-daughter relationships, while also giving voice to the Jewish Indian experience, a small community whose story have yet to be told in literature. And she does all that with humanity, authenticity and heart.