Sarah Abrevaya Stein is author or editor of nine books. Her most recent book, Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux: Macmillman, 2019), explores the intertwined histories of a single family, Sephardic Jewry, and the dramatic ruptures that transformed southeastern Europe and the Judeo-Spanish diaspora. This book also traces the history of a collection, reflecting on how one family archive came to be built and preserved, and how it knit together a family even as the historic Sephardi heartland of southeastern Europe was unraveling. In a review of Family Papers, The New York Times writes: "Stein, a UCLA historian, has ferocious research talents [...] and a writing voice that is admirably light and human… All of this has produced a superb and touching book about the frailty of ties that hold together places and people.” The Economist and Mosaic Magazine have chosen Family Papers as a Best Book of 2019.
Stein’s books and articles have won numerous prizes, including two National Jewish Book Awards, the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Guggenheim Fellow, NEH Fellowship Recipient, Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Winner, National Jewish Book Award Winner