Washing The Dead


Washing the DeadA Debut NovelProspect Park BooksApril 2015
  • “Sensual and spiritual, shot with betrayals, Washing the Dead plumbs the destructive power of secrets across three generations of mothers and daughters . . . a riveting glimpse into Orthodox Jewish life and breathtaking insight into what it means to forgive.”
    — Dylan Landis, author of Normal People Don’t Live Like This and Rainey Royal
  • “Brafman offers a fresh, vital narrative about guilt, love, loss, and the necessity of wrestling with the dark angel of a painful family legacy until it blesses you.”— Margaret Meyers, author of Swimming in the Congo and Dislocation.
  • “How do we begin to forgive those who injured us? Start by reading Michelle Brafman’s unflinching and inspiring novel.”
    — Mary Kay Zuravleff, author of Man Alive! and The Frequency of Souls.
  • “Michelle Brafman has done us all a true mitzvah by writing this beautiful book.”
    — Robert Bausch, author of A Hole in the Earth and Far as the Eye Can See.

    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.