The 2012 Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize was judged by Lev Raphael and the winning title was Jacob White’s collection of stories, Being Dead in South Carolina. Raphael said of the collection, “Fresh, fierce, sad, funny, deep. The author is a natural story teller, with a voice that is like music. This book sings. It’s real, it’s beautiful.”
Lev Raphael is the author of 25 other books, including the novels Winter Eyes and The German Money, and three memoirs, Journeys & Arrivals, Writing a Jewish Life, and My Germany. The Washington Post has compared The German Money to John le Carré, Phillip Roth, and Kafka. Raphael’s Michigan mysteries have been praised by The New York Times and many other newspapers and magazines, while his fiction has been widely anthologized in the U.S. and Britain.