• Bertrand Court, a new work of fiction, will be published by Prospect Park Books in September of 2016.
  • With insight and empathy, Michelle Brafman portrays a wide range of interconnected characters . . . in this keenly observed multi-generational chronicle.—J.RYAN STRADAL, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
  • “Gloriously alive, moving, and blazingly honest- Bertrand Court is brilliant.”—CAROLINE LEAVITT, author of This Tomorrow
  • ” . . . It’s like listening to someone who is happy to fill her friends in on all the juicy details of their neighborhood, but does it with so little judgment and so much knowing and empathy that hearing her stories makes you feel like a better, kinder citizen of the world.  Read it  . . . you’ll feel loved, seen, and understood.” —REBECCA BARRY, author of Later, at the Bar: A Novel in Stories
  • Brafman invites us to “the family dinner table of life.” This is a beguiling collection of gently intertwining stories, which celebrates in pellucid prose the infinite versions of “normal.”—MARY MORRISSY, author of Prosperity Drive
  • “Michelle Brafman eavesdrops on the human heart, and reports back to us in Bertrand Court.”DYLAN LANDIS, author of Rainey Royal
  • “A fast–paced and compelling debut novel.”—LIBRARY JOURNAL
  • “A heartfelt story of loss, hope, and reconciliation. (Brafman) captures the complex essence of the mother-daughter relationship with honesty and sincerity.” —BOOKLIST
  • “Intimate, big-hearted, compassionate and clear-eyed, in this novel Brafman turns secrets into truths and the truth into the heart of fiction.”— AMY BLOOM, author of Lucky Us
  • “Brafman’s tale of three generations of women shows that woundednessdamage to mind and soulcan travel down the generations, and that so can kindness, courage, and ultimately, self-healing. HAARETZ 
  • ” . . . (a) beautifully wrought novel, one in which Brafman examines the inner lives of her characters with the dexterity of a surgeon and the compassion of a saint.” —LILITH MAGAZINE 
  • “Truly an enjoyable book.” —LAKE EFFECT (WUWM/NPR)
  • “Gripping story.”—[PANK]
  • “Compelling.” THE NEW YORK JEWISH WEEK
  • “Striking debut novel.” —THE JEWISH NEWS WEEKLY
  • “Heartfelt and genuine, Michelle Brafman’s Washing the Dead never betrays the complicated truths of family and tradition.” — DAVID BEZMOZGIS, author of The Betrayers
  • “From roots in one religious tradition, comes a tale of emotional redemption for all of us. Brafman’s astonishing compassion for all human frailty infuses this story about the need for truth and the promise of forgiveness.” — HELEN SIMONSON, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
  • “Like a Jewish Anne Lamott, Michelle Brafman reels you in with warmth, depth and heart.  . . Brafman has written a charming and original spiritual page-turner about love,  forgiveness, and family life.” — SUSAN COLL, author of The Stager

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Michelle Brafman is the author of Washing the Dead and Bertrand Court (Prospect Park Books, 2016). Her fiction has earned numerous awards including a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and her work has appeared in Tablet, Slate, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing program.