About Efrem Sigel

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Efrem Sigel’s first novel, The Kermanshah Transfer, a novel of Middle Eastern intrigue, came out in 1973. Now, 35 years later, The Disappearance is being published by The Permanent Press.  He’s begun work on a third novel, and none too soon.  “Given the long hiatus between novels,” he jokes, “I need to get going now if I want to finish it before my 100th birthday.”

Efrem has been a journalist, editor and founder, with his wife Frederica, of two business publishing companies.  He is the author of four nonfiction books about communications technology, hundreds of magazine and newsletter articles, and, in recent years, a score of published short stories.  The stories, which he began publishing in the late 90s, have won a number of prizes and have garnered six Pushcart nominations from various literary magazines where they have appeared.

Efrem is a member of the Pelham Jewish Center, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Green Mountain Club, the Trustees of the Reservations and the Monday Mountain Boys in western Massachusetts.   Hiking, walking, tennis and other outdoor activities are his favorite pastimes.  Long-time residents of New Rochelle, NY, Efrem  and his wife Frederica now live in Greenwich Village, New York City, and in Great Barrington, MA.  They have two sons, Jonathan and Matthew, and two grandsons, Noah and Reuben.

He grew up in Staten Island, NY, graduated from Curtis High School and won a National Merit Scholarship to Harvard College, from which he graduated with an A.B. degree.  He also has a MBA from Harvard Business School.  After college he spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ivory Coast, where he taught English.


    About the writing of The Disappearance

"The idea for The Disappearance came to me on a perfect summer morning not unlike the one portrayed in the opening pages of the book," Efrem says.  "The glorious day, the idyllic country setting, the sense of foreboding and inexplicable loss—I couldn't get them out of my head."

After selling the second of his two publishing companies in 2000, he began in earnest to transform early drafts of The Disappearance into a finished novel.  Readers have found it to be a combination of compelling story and seamless prose.  An editor called the writing
"absolutely exquisite" and artist Lon Kirschner said of it, "What a beautifully and sensitively written book!  It makes me want to hug my sons."



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