Joan Lipinsky Cochran is a former journalist who has written for such publications as Family Circle, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, Florida Design and South Florida Magazine. Her food articles have also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Moment Magazine, and The Forward, among other publications. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she received her masters in fine arts from Florida International University in 2008.
Since receiving her MFA, Joan has focused on writing crime-related novels that explore subcultures of American Judaism.
In The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son, the second in The Becks Ruchinsky Mystery series, the murder of an ultra-religious student seeking refuge in her home forces the investigative reporter to explore the seedy underside of South Beach’s glitzy night club scene and the insular world of Hasidic Judaism to find his killer. Along the way, Becks’ most basic beliefs — and her son’s life —are threatened.
In The Yiddish Gangster’s Daughter, a woman’s life is endangered when she discovers her father was a gangster with the Jewish mafia. The novel explores the precarious and colorful world of the Jewish gangster of 1940s and 1950s New York and Miami while showing how a father’s love and a daughter’s forgiveness can bring redemption. It won the Royal Palm Literary Award, and was a Claymore Award and Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award finalist.
Still Missing Beulah: Stories of Blacks and Jews in Mid-Century Miami explores South Florida’s civil rights era through the eyes of a cantankerous Jewish businessman and his more liberal daughter. Brief accounts of key historical events that inform the interlinked short stories provide a concise history of Miami’s dubious past.
When she’s not working on a novel, Joan is testing recipes and writing food columns, playing classical and Irish violin, sailing, bicycling, traveling and reading. A Miami native, she lives in Boca Raton, Florida with her husband and cats.
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