Washing The Dead


  • JEWISH BOOK COUNCIL “Spring 2015 Jewish Book Preview” featured title!
  • NewPages Spring 2015 editor’s pick!
  • Washingtonian Magazine April 2015 pick!
  • “A heartfelt story of loss, hope, and reconciliation. She captures the complex essence of the mother-daughter relationship with honesty and sincerity.”
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Washing the Dead made me ache. . . Barbara Blumfield’s longing is palpable on every page. . . What a spectacular debut!”
  • — T. GREENWOOD, author of Bodies of Water

    Photo of Michelle Brafman leaning against table
    Michelle Brafman is the author of We Named Them All: Stories. Her fiction has earned numerous awards including a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, and her essays have appeared in Tablet, Slate, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. She teaches at the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing program.